Nursing director is sick of the rain

Taroom's new director of nursing Greg Hill likes his new surroundings and staff at the Taroom Hospital.
Taroom's new director of nursing Greg Hill likes his new surroundings and staff at the Taroom Hospital.

GREG Hill watched in awe as trees were uprooted and sent hurting through the air.

The nurse was working in the Atherton Tablelands when Cyclone Larry hit the area.

“It was very impressive.

“Nothing like getting the adrenaline running by seeing trees go past.

“That was not good fun - I don't want to go through that again,” Greg said.

Greg, the new director of nursing (DON) at Taroom, is quite happy with the weather in his new hometown.

“I am sick of wet weather,” he said.

In his 18-year career which started in Rockhampton, Greg has also worked in the Torres Strait and Cape York.

He said he feels he has his “finger on the pulse” with his country background in rural and remote areas.

“I have seen a lot of different problems,” Greg said and knows how to deal with them.

The new DON said he was impressed with the community support for the hospital, and wanted to connect the hospital with the community even more.

He said he moved from Atherton, where he was in charge of a nursing home and 11 health facilities, as he needed a change.

Greg said he has been impressed by the professional nursing staff at his new hospital, as they work hard to keep themselves trained and educated.

Taroom's top nurse said he wanted to attract more people to rural registered nursing.

“I believe there's so much to offer.

“It's more a lifestyle than a job,” Greg said.

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