Business identity has a brush with nursing, backs push for Simulated Patients

Published:11 April 2018

CQUniversity Simulation Technician Monica Linnane goes to work on Rockhampton business identity Grant Cassidy, to promote the Simulated Patient program.

As a businessman who values his financial and personal health, Grant Cassidy prefers to avoid crashes, whether they are on the stock market or on the roads.

However, he willingly subjected himself to simulated injuries to help promote recruitment of ‘simulated patients’ for the CQUniversity Nursing program.

"The Nursing program at CQUni is fabulous and it's great to see we can be locally training the highly respected professionals who need to be as job-ready as they can when they hit the workforce," said Mr Cassidy, who is Managing Director of the Cassidy Hospitality Group.

"It's great to be able to be involved in this part of the course. Luckily I have not had an injury of this type in recent years but I have a huge amount of respect for our healthcare professionals who do an incredible job in our community."

The Simulated Patients program seeks to have local volunteers on the books to serve as actors for nursing residential schools later this year.

CQUniversity Nursing lecturer Terri Sullivan says that “students find it extremely valuable and the health industry finds that our students are really work-ready”.

“The closest reality we can do in a setting like this is to have volunteer actors and actresses from the community that we can prepare for these sessions.”

CQUni SimTech Cath Haug says the simulated patients are needed for Nursing student sessions based in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Noosa.

Members of the public aged over 18 who are interested in volunteering to become a simulated patient can find out more from Ms Haug, via 07 4037 4740 or .