Celebrating the work of our devoted South West Nurses

Plus More today places focus on the work of our Perioperative Nurses, in this, Perioperative Nurses Week.

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Nursing Director Perioperative Services, Sheila Marshall

South West Hospital and Health Service’s Nursing Director Perioperative Services Sheila Marshall says the week of focus is a the perfect opportunity to share more about the profession with the community.

“Whilst our colleagues in large city hospitals are only with the patient during their time in the operating theatre, rural and remote perioperative nurses are part of their patient’s entire hospital stay.”

“From referral to discharge, it’s a very holistic experience which means we are able to truly personalise a patient’s perioperative journey.”

Ms Marshall, who has been nursing for more than 30-years, trained in England at Southampton University, before joining the British Military for six years and later working in hospitals around the world.”

“Most people become nurses because they want to help people and this was true for me, however my move into perioperative nursing early in my career was due to the fact that I enjoy working in a close-knit team, I like focusing on one patient at a time and the technical aspects of my job.”

“When I first began working in operating theatres, the type of operation we did then and what we do now is vastly different. Perioperative nursing is dynamic and ever evolving as technologies change the way we deliver healthcare. “

“This means as perioperative nurses we never stand still, we are always learning.”

A typical day for perioperative nurses in the South West Hospital and Health Services includes setting up the operating theatre, planning and managing theatre lists and working closely with fellow nursing colleagues, doctors, allied health, administration and operational staff to provide safe and effective patient-centred care.

“You need to be a team player, the focus is always on our patients and keeping them safe and a great perioperative nurse must have good situational awareness, enjoy learning and be patient and emphatic,” Ms Marshall said.

“Some surgery can be fast paced, whilst others may be slower and very intricate, so you need to be able to adapt and stay focused, sometimes for extremely long periods of time and sometimes in the middle of the night.”

The passionate nurse says her focus was now on training and guiding new perioperative nurses.

“We are currently running a 12-week course with very experienced perioperative educators focused on the instrument and circulating aspects of perioperative nursing,”

“The South West Hospital and Health Service is committed to ensuring we have sustainable, contemporary services available to our community and training is a key aspect of that commitment.”

Perioperative Nurses Week will be celebrated with special morning teas planned for Charleville, Roma and St George Hospitals.