Spot­light on un­sung heroes of health­care

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

Nurses are widely re­garded as the un­sung heroes of the health­care sys­tem, but a Broome lo­cal was one of 3200 in ru­ral WA who en­joyed a mo­ment in the spot­light last week.

In­ter­na­tional Nurses Day was em­braced around the world on Satur­day and, although it was just an af­ter­noon tea and cake in Broome, for nurses like Rachel Wil­liams, 35, it was the recog­ni­tion that counted for some­thing.

The clin­i­cal nurse, who has worked in the Kim­ber­ley for seven years, said she hadn’t heard of the global day un­til a few years ago, which showed her how far the pro­fes­sion had ad­vanced.

“There has cer­tainly been much more ac­knowl­edge­ment for our pro­fes­sion and the hard work we do over re­cent years,” she said.

“While there is al­ways fur­ther we can go in terms of recog­nis­ing this, it is very nice to have the ap­pre­ci­a­tion.”

Ms Wil­liams moved to Derby seven years ago, be­fore trans­fer­ring to Broome Hospi­tal in 2013, where she cur­rently works in the emer­gency depart­ment.

She said the job had come with an abun­dance of highs and lows but she had grown pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally in the re­gion.

“Work­ing in re­mote towns means less staff, which means your skills need to be very good, es­pe­cially your pa­tient as­sess­ment skills,” she said.

“But you get to do a lot more for your pa­tient than you would do in cities, plus work­ing in a smaller team al­lows you to de­velop re­la­tion­ships where your team be­comes your fam­ily.

“It is a bril­liant learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment and def­i­nitely char­ac­ter build­ing be­cause of the chal­lenges.”

WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice nurs­ing and mid­wifery ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Marie Bax­ter said the day was im­por­tant for the pro­fes­sion across re­gional WA.

“It was an op­por­tu­nity for us all to ac­knowl­edge and ap­plaud the cru­cial con­tri­bu­tion nurses make to our health,” she said.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Broome Hospi­tal emer­gency depart­ment clin­i­cal nurse Rachel Wil­liams was one of 3200 ru­ral nurses who cel­e­brated In­ter­na­tional Nurses Day last week.

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