Team effort: St George Hospital nurses Bradley Davis, 24, Max O’Brien, 24, and Chris Larkin, 27. Picture: Chris LaneThe hard work of St George and Sutherland Shire nurses was recognised in the community this month, in conjunction with International Nurses Day (May 12).
Duty of care: Miranda MP Eleni Petinos visited nursing staff at Sutherland Hospital for International Nurses Day.
The annual event is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
The theme for 2016 isNurses: A Force For Change: Improving health system’s resilience in recognition of the positive effect nurses have on the development and maintenance of strong and resilient health systems globally.
There are 1670 nurses and midwives at St George Hospitaland792 at Sutherland Hospital.
Max O’Brien is in charge of the nursing team at St George Hospital’s intensive care unit.
The health sector caught his eye after he volunteered for St John Ambulance and trained as a paramedic.
“I always wanted to get into critical care nursing –I couldn’t see myself doing a desk job,” he said.
“Nursing is about being a team player, and being able to make decisions with other nurses and doctors.”
He has been based at St George for the past two years.
“There’s lots of diversity in a busy trauma centre, which leads to great professional development,” he said.
“We have lots of success stories where we see victims from across the state recover to their previous quality of life or better than expected…they are often very grateful.”
St George Hospital also attracts a solidnumber of male nurses.
“Intensive care attracts lots of males –we bring a different personality type and lots of guys can add in a bit of calm to the mix,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I think the girls appreciate a bit of a shake-up to have sometestosterone mixed in.”
On International Nurses Day,Miranda MP Eleni Petinos visited Sutherland Hospital to congratulate the dedicated team of nurses who provide care to patients.
“Nurses work hard every day to ensure our friends and loved ones receive the very best care across the state’s hospitals and health facilities,” she said.
“About 1.5 million people require admissions to NSW public hospitals each year and many more need help in the home and in the community.
“Our nurses and midwives – as the largest professional group in the health system – are at the front line of the care they receive.”
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