Shen­ton a happy cam­pus for nurse

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By EMILY BAKER

MAU­REEN Blore never planned to be a nurse but she has in­ad­ver­tently be­come Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal Shen­ton Park cam­pus’ long­est-serv­ing em­ployee.

After start­ing her ca­reer at Shen­ton Park a lit­tle un­con­ven­tion­ally more than 45 years ago, Ms Blore will cel­e­brate an end to an era as it closes next month.

“Years ago they started ad­ver­tis­ing for nurs­ing cadets at Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal,” she said.

“I went for an in­ter­view and of course be­ing only 15 you had to go with your par­ents, so I was with my mum.

“A girl came out from the in­ter­view and said they’ve change their minds; they think 15 is too young to be on the wards and to see the gory side of life.

“So I get up to go for my in­ter­view and they ask me how old I am and my mother gives them my brother’s birth date, which made me 16, and that’s how I started.”

The Dianella res­i­dent spent the first six months of her em­ploy­ment in the psy­chi­atric ward at RPH but found her true call­ing when she joined the Shen­ton Park spinal cord unit in 1969.

She is well known by many of the spinal unit pa­tients, hav­ing worked with some for more than 40 years.

“There is a young lassie I’ve nursed since she had her ac­ci­dent when she was two years old and she’s a mum now,” Ms Blore said.

“It’s like fam­ily, so when they come into hos­pi­tal they feel se­cure see­ing a fa­mil­iar face and it’s not just mine.”

While pa­tients will con­tinue to see Ms Blore’s fa­mil­iar face around Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal when Shen­ton Park ser­vices move in, they can also ex­pect a range of new state- of- the- art treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties.

“There have been many changes over the years with small in­ven­tions like the aero­plane pil­low, which im­proves pres­sure care man­age­ment for spinal pa­tients,” Ms Blore said.

“I have also seen sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ments to mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary pa­tient care, which has re­duced hos­pi­tal stays from an av­er­age of 12 months down to about six months.

“Mov­ing to Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal is a great op­por­tu­nity as it is a bril­liant en­vi­ron­ment for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

“There is plenty of space for treat­ing pa­tients and ac­cess to world-class equip­ment, which will en­able us to keep pro­vid­ing the high­estqual­ity pa­tient care.”

Pho­tog­ra­pher: An­drew Ritchie d426269a

Mau­reen Blore is RPH Shen­ton Park’s

long­est-serv­ing em­ployee.

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