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Pat adamant system's sick

 Pat Jackson, a former nurse at Gladstone Hospital, says nurses are leaving in droves.
Pat Jackson, a former nurse at Gladstone Hospital, says nurses are leaving in droves. Brenda Strong

PAT Jackson has been receiving plenty "good on you" wishes recently.

When the former nurse appeared in The Observer three weeks ago, she said nurses at Gladstone Hospital were disillusioned by the system they worked in.

A Gladstone Hospital representative rejected her claims by saying nurses, for the most part, were happy with their workplace at the hospital.

Mrs Jackson decided it was time to make a stand against the bureaucrats who she said were making it tough for Gladstone's dedicated nurses to do their job.

A few weeks after coming out with her story, Mrs Jackson, a nurse with 40 years experience, says the support she has received has boosted her desire to draw attention to the problems she outlined on March 27.

Mrs Jackson also wanted to respond to the statement put out by Gladstone Hospital rejecting her claim several nurses had quit out of frustration with the system.

"Despite the (director of nursing's) watered-down response, there has been a large number of staff leave feeling disenchanted with the system," she said.

"At the time I resigned and left, three registered nurses just from within my unit and with collectively more than 120 years nursing experience between us left the employ of Gladstone Health Services.

"All of us would have kept working there had we felt we had been listened to and valued."

Queensland Health was approached for comment.

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