8 May 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast has appointed Nursing Laboratory Technician Tracey Seymour to manage its nurse training facilities in Gympie.
Ms Seymour will assist with the outfit of USC Gympie’s planned state-of-the-art nursing simulation spaces — which will come complete with life-size medical mannequins — in its soon-to-be-completed $5.5 million building off Cartwright Road.
The Cooloolabin resident said she was excited about her new role and being involved in the growth of USC’s study offerings in the region.
“The new site will provide USC Gympie Nursing Science students with access to a range of facilities, including fully equipped nursing simulation spaces,” Ms Seymour said.
“These spaces will include the types of settings you will find in a hospital ward or department including beds, medical equipment and high-tech mannequins.
“I consider it a privilege to be responsible for ensuring these spaces are properly established and the highest facility standards are presented to USC Gympie students.”
Ms Seymour is an enrolled nurse with more than 25 years nursing experience working for private hospitals through Ramsay Health Care and as a technician officer managing nursing laboratories for Shellharbour TAFE in New South Wales.
USC Associate Professor of Nursing Dr Patrea Andersen said Ms Seymour’s prior experience working in both nurse training facilities and within a hospital setting made her the ideal candidate for the position.
“Tracey will be working alongside lecturers to make sure facilities are maintained and equipped for the specific needs of different subjects, providing students with an exceptional learning experience,” Dr Andersen said.
“The simulation learning space has been designed specifically for USC Gympie to include state-of-the-art equipment, infrastructure, IT and AV facilities to allow students to develop the skills required to provide high-quality health care.”
There are up to 50 students currently studying one or more courses at USC Gympie, which is located at the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE (WBIT) campus.
The USC Gympie building is under construction on the WBIT site and is due to be completed by July, weather permitting.
— Jessica Halls