Professor Cath Rogers-Clark from USQ (left) and Jo Andrew from Heritage (right) are delighted that the new alliance will benefit nursing students.
Professor Cath Rogers-Clark from USQ (left) and Jo Andrew from Heritage (right) are delighted that the new alliance will benefit nursing students. Contributed

Alliance benefits nursing

USQ and Heritage Building Society have joined to help overcome Australia's shortage of nurses through an alliance between to the two organisations.

The alliance partnership between the two has generated more than $8700 during the past 12 months, which will be used for the USQ Clinical Placement Bursary Program.

The clinical placement bursaries give financial assistance to students who attend their clinical placements away from home. Professor Cath Rogers-Clark, Heard of Department for Nursing and Midwifery, said that Heritage Building Society's support of the bursaries would provide great assistance to medical students in training.

"The first round of bursaries will be given to students in Semester 2, 2011 and will absolutely be valuable to those students," Professor Rogers-Clark said.

"We can give undergraduate nursing students a payment of $500 to help them complete the compulsory placement.

"It is designed to help students who don't have other means of support throughout their placement and we look forward to growing the scheme over the coming years," she added.

Heritage Building Society has been a valued supporter of USQ in the past, having supported scholarships and loyalty programs.

Heritage's Alliance program allows USQ staff and alumni to receive better rates on banking and Heritage provides a contribution to selected USQ programs or initiatives based on business generated.

Ms Jo Andrew, supervisor at the USQ Branch of Heritage Building Society, said that they were proud to support their local communities and USQ.

"We are very proud to be part of the clinical placement bursary scheme and helping students throughout their education is something that Heritage is very happy to support," Ms Andrews said.

"In the future we look forward to growing our alliances with USQ and to making USQ staff more aware of the benefits available to them," she added.

Applications for Semester 3 are due on October, 10 and further information on the USQ clinical placement bursary can be found on the nursing and midwifery website.



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