The Cobar Community Health Centre has hosted Bronte Barham, a nursing student from Sydney, for her final work placement recently.
Bronte is from Manly and is studying a Masters Degree in Nursing at Sydney University.
She said for her final subject she was required to do a rural placement and was given Cobar.
“I have been doing dressings, home visits, comprehensive assessments, health promotions and exercise programs while I have been here.
“I have loved the staff, they have been really supportive of my goals for this placement,” she said.
She said she would consider coming back to Cobar to work as a nurse and would recommend other students to do their practical placement in a rural area.
“It’s a really good thing to do, especially as a student, because where I am from people wouldn’t even consider it.
“There are a lot of students who would never come out here and it’s a shame because you miss so much.
“I think there is a lot more opportunity to learn skills here, where you kind of get left behind in the city.”
Bronte said she got more one-on-one training during her placement in Cobar which helped to increase her skills quickly.
“There’s a lot more pressure on you to perform,” she said.
Community Health’s Tarra Burke has been showing Bronte around Cobar and introduced her to a few locals.
“I have been to the look out and I have also been out bush with Tarra to her property.
“I have been to the pub a few times and met some interesting locals,” Bronte said.
Bronte finished her two weeks of rural prac last Friday.