Joondalup Health Campus celebrates nurses and midwives
May 05, 2015
Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) celebrated International Nurses & Midwives Week on 5 - 12 May 2015 and it is no surprise that the event is a worldwide highlight. Without the hard work, dedication and commitment of nurses and midwives, our hospitals and health systems could not function as effectively as they do.
Nursing and midwifery are among the most challenging jobs in the workforce. JHC employs more than 1,150 nurses and midwives, admitting over 65,000 patients and delivering nearly 3,500 babies every year.
JHC Director of Clinical Services, Paul Darcy, praised all nurses and midwives for the role they play at the hospital and in the community.
“Our hospital has an excellent reputation and this can be largely attributed to our nurses and midwives,” Mr Darcy said.
JHC Enrolled Nurse Jodie Gibson, of Mindarie, has worked in the public surgical ward at JHC since August 2011.
“While nursing is challenging at times, it is also extremely rewarding,” Ms Gibson said. “Every day is different.”
Ms Gibson said she had always wanted to be a nurse. “I feel very lucky that I get to do the job I love.”
JHC Clinical Nurse Michelle Davies, also of Mindarie, shared the same sentiment.
“Nursing is what I love, I’ve never wanted to do anything else,” Mrs Davies said. “While it is hard to see patients with more complicated illnesses, I enjoy being there to care for them, supporting them both physically and emotionally and I love seeing them go home when they’re well again.”
Mrs Davies said she had witnessed many changes to the nursing profession during the 18 years she had been in the workforce.
“There have been developments in technology, new practices and procedures, and in some cases nurses have been given extra responsibilities too. For example now there are nurse practitioners, qualified to prescribe medicine,” Mrs Davies said.
Mrs Davies said she had also seen JHC evolve from a small community hospital to a major health campus with more than 650 beds.