Hi, I am Rebecca Paterson. I have over 27 years of nursing experience. I completed my Bachelor of Nursing in 1994, and I undertook my graduate year at Western Hospital, Victoria in 1995.
I moved to beautiful North Queensland in 1996. I worked for 11/2 years for the Far North Nursing Agency in a variety of areas including A&E, Theatre, Day Surgery, High Dependency Unit, Wards, Haemodialysis and Remote Area work (Normanton and Yarrabah).
In Mid-1997, I started working as a Registered Nurse in the Haemodialysis Unit at Cairns Base Hospital, providing care to patients requiring a machine to sustain life due to kidney failure. In 1998 I helped set up the first Haemodialysis Satellite Unit in Atherton Hospital. I gained skills as a Clinical Nurse, running the unit, responding to emergency situations and communication with patients, families and the health team to ensure patients received the best care possible.
I have had experience presenting at a Renal Society of Australasian conference and organised and presented education programs to patients, families and colleges. I have always felt it is extremely important to support and educate patients and their families to empower them to look after their health and to make informed decisions.
Due to having a young family, in 2008 I started to work at GP Practice (Amaroo Medical Centre) where I worked for 10 years. While there, I completed my Immunisation Course. The job involved child health and immunisations, looking after unwell patients, ECG, Spirometry, IV cannulation and infusions, Venesections, Diabetic and Asthma cycle of care, Aged care and disability Health Assessments, Continence assessment, GP Management Plans and team care arrangements, Coordinating DVA care, and assessing and referring patients for home help.