two men holding children's books. Both are nurses and behind them is a mural of Ariel, the Little Mermaid.

Paediatric Clinical Nurse Educator Grady McNee gladly accepts a gift from Hastings Macleay Specialist Teams Nurse Unit Manager Michael Rohr, author of two children’s books now entertaining and igniting the imagination of paediatric patients at PMBH.

Master storyteller brings some adventure and laughter to Paeds

May 21, 2024

Paediatric patients at Port Macquarie Base Hospital have the chance to escape reality and dive into worlds of discovery and adventure, thanks to the generosity of a dedicated member of the Mid North Coast Local Health District team.

Michael Rohr, the Nurse Unit Manager for Hastings Macleay Specialist Teams in Community Health, has gifted two of his latest children’s books to the unit. His hope is to bring laughter, fun, and adventure to the young patients during their hospital stay.

Paediatric Clinical Nurse Educator Grady McNee expressed gratitude for Michael’s donation, noting that the books are designed to delight both older and younger children.

“They are amazing,” Grady said.

“The titles, ‘Fussy Henry Crab’ and ‘The Swoozlemunger’, will be placed in the playroom, where they are sure to be enjoyed by patients and their families.”

While Michael is well-known for his nursing and leadership skills within the Hastings Macleay Clinical Network, he is also gaining recognition as a talented storyteller.

His children’s books are filled with humour and adventures that captivate young minds.

His first book, ‘Cowboy Monkey Talks Fluffs’, was soon followed by ‘A Money Christmas’. His repertoire now includes ‘Greyhounds are Great’, ‘Fussy Henry Crab’, which explores the wonders of the world around us, and ‘The Swoozlemunger’, a tale of discovery and friendship, teaching valuable lessons about empathy and cooperation.

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