Christine, 27, has just completed her first month at Mundubbera’s hospital. Picture: Julian Lehnert
Christine, 27, has just completed her first month at Mundubbera’s hospital. Picture: Julian Lehnert

New nurse looks forward to country life

MUNDUBBERA'S newest graduate nurse has been taking her first steps in both her profession, and in the bush.

Christine Dreghorn, 27, a recent graduate from the University of the Sunshine Coast's nursing program, started as a registered nurse at the Mundubbera Hospital on February 10.

The young nurse is expected to complete a 12-month contract in the North Burnett and said she was already sure the decision to head to a regional area was the right one for her.

"It's been a great experience so far," Ms Dreghorn said.

"Because I'm from the coast, rural feels like a completely different world at times.

"The people here are much nicer. It's a nice, tight-knit community - a bunch of really friendly people."

The Sunshine Coast native, who has now taken up residence in Gayndah, said the decision to enter the health care field was inspired by her father.

"I was my dad's full-time carer," she said.

"That got me into nursing - he gave me a fair bit of experience."

The new nurse said coming to grips with the rural lifestyle and the challenges of working at a hospital would likely take her some time, but she was staying optimistic and was keen for the future.

"I'm still getting used to the routines," Ms Dreghorn said.

"We haven't had much A&E (Accident and Emergency) lately just yet, but it's been a great time."


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