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Lauri Buckingham has worked as a registered nurse with the Rural Locum Assistance Program (Rural LAP) almost full-time for over ten years. During this time, Lauri travelled thousands of kilometres around the country, predominantly to rural multipurpose services (MPS).
An MPS is a small country hospital that has evolved into a multipurpose facility with an aged care component. Each facility is unique and varies in size and complexity in the services it provides to the community.
“Initially, I did not choose to commit to the aged care field.
However, I soon learned that it is a rapidly expanding phenomenon and that we are all engaged somehow.
There is now a higher percentage of the population that is elderly and vulnerable than ever before and, within that situation, lays a real challenge that, during my travels, I find each site is endeavouring to meet in its own way.”
As most of us are heading off to bed, a new world is opening up for registered nurse Glenda George, on the night shift in an aged care facility.
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