CQUniversity's School of Nursing and Midwifery will
mark two successful terms of teaching in the new Nursing &
Midwifery Laboratories with an official opening on Tuesday,
October 30 from 12.15pm.
Mackay Hospital and Health Service Director for Nursing
Julie Rampton will officially open the new labs, while
industry health professionals, students and community will
Since February this year, the state-of-the-art labs have
enabled students to participate in authentic learning
experiences through the use of modern clinical equipment.
The labs have been set up to replicate a clinical
environment including eight nursing beds, real-life
mannequins, scrub and nursing stations, hoist, iv pumps,
syringe drivers, ECG machines, a simulation viewing room, a
birthing bath and two birthing beds.
CQUniversity's Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery
Professor Ysanne Chapman said the labs have supported the
university's growing nursing and midwifery cohort.
"The laboratories have enhanced the learning
experience for our nursing and midwifery students and staff
at CQUniversity," Professor Chapman said.
"Students are using real equipment in scenarios
similar to what they would experience in a hospital or
clinical environment which has given them a strong level of
confidence when attending clinical placement.
"These resources are vital and will enable us to
produce passionate nurses and midwives for this region.
Ms Rampton said she was delighted to be officially opening
the facility and was looking forward to continuing the
partnership with CQUniversity's students and graduates.
"The new labs are a wonderful place for students to
learn new skills and prepare them for a career in the
health industry," Ms Rampton said.
"We are proud to be working with CQUniversity to grow
the region's next generation of nurses and midwives.
The Mackay campus has welcomed over $60 million worth of
new facilities over the last three years including new
Medical Imaging and Sonography labs, Chiropractic
facilities, a Library, student accommodation and Nursing
and Midwifery labs.
Head of Campus in Mackay, Professor Pierre Viljoen said
students in the region were beginning to see the benefits
of studying at CQUniversity.
"Quality learning resources and facilities like the
new Nursing and Midwifery labs are vital for such a
fast-growing University in a region like Mackay - we need
to provide modern day students with the best learning
Prof Viljoen said he was looking forward to more growth on
campus as the TAFE Trade Training Centre facility prepares
to open its doors and plans for the proposed Mackay
Regional Sporting Precinct get underway.
"The Mackay campus has seen significant growth over
the past few years but I expect we will see much more in
the very near future as we prepare to become
Queensland's first dual-sector university.