Prue Berry is the new Year 4C coordinator and Casey Stubbs the Year 3B coordinator. Prue, from Marra, and Casey, from Sale, have long careers in nursing and education.
|Prue Berry (left) and Casey Stubbs (right) bring many years' experience to their new roles.|
Prue has worked for Central Gippsland Health Service in Sale for the last 16 years, initially as a critical care nurse and during the last seven years as a clinical educator. She is keen to expose medical students to the advantages of working in rural general practice and rural hospitals.
Both Prue and Casey believe their careers as nurses will bring valuable knowledge to their roles.
“One of the major strengths of nurses is their communication skills, and an enormous part of nursing and medicine centres around good communication,” Prue added.
Casey spent some years as an intensive care nurse at the Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne before taking up a position over three years ago as a nurse educator at Latrobe Regional Hospital in Traralgon. “After working in education, I realised that was what I really wanted to do in my career,” Casey said. “I have found my place in education.” Casey’s aim is to help medical students feel confident and comfortable before actually entering the workplace. She believes her nursing background will enhance her role.
Prue will oversee eight Year 4C students who will spend the academic year in Sale and surrounding towns. This rotation includes general practice, children’s health (paediatrics), women’s health (obstetrics and gynaecology) and mental health.
Casey will have eight Year 3B students next year, who will spend most of their time in the medical and surgical wards at Central Gippsland Health Service with specialty sessions in the emergency department and operating theatres. Students will also rotate to Bairnsdale Regional Health Service on a roster basis for medical and surgical experience.