Today is International Nurses Day and Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, and the wider community, is celebrating each of its 382 employed nurses. As part of the worldwide celebration of nurses and the work they do, BRHS is providing a breakfast to say thank you this morning. Director of nursing, midwifery and aged care, Bernadette Hammond, said nurses at BRHS work in a range of fields from aged care, midwifery and the emergency department to palliative care, theatre, oncology and dialysis and community based nursing. “Their skills are broad and in any one day they can be called on for much more than just their clinical abilities, offering emotional support to families who are often in their darkest hours,” Mrs Hammond said.
“They work day and night to make sure the health needs of our local community are met.“ Julia Buchanan (right) is one such nurse. A transition care nurse on the Flanagan Ward, Ms Buchanan started her training at the hospital in 1990 and then travelled the United States for 12 months before settling in Melbourne. She specialised in rehabilitation nursing, working at the Caulfield Medical Centre as part of the nursing team that won the Nurse Care of the Year Award. Ms Buchanan spent 10 years working in the rehabilitation team at Donvale Rehabilitation Centre before joining the BRHS rehabilitation team and works in the subacute area, specialising in the transition care program, which provides an extended period of respite care supporting clients who have had a prolonged acute admission to enable them to safely discharge home.