TDHS 2020 Year of the Nurse Theatre Nurses Dinkus

Theatre nurses cherish patient relationships

Photo (l-r): Theatre nurses Julia Gale, Vickie Stevens, Lynda McKenzie and Marlie Hanel.

Being a theatre nurse at Timboon isn’t for everyone, but the team at Timboon and District Healthcare (TDHS) say the role offers variety and great job satisfaction.

Once a fortnight the theatre at TDHS is utilised for a range of procedural service such as gastroscopies and colonoscopies. An average day sees around eight such procedures completed.

Theatre coordinator Lynda McKenzie said maintaining theatre services at Timboon was important as part of the wider region’s surgical needs.

“If we can take care of the smaller procedural cases here then that helps with wait lists at bigger hospitals as well. It also makes it easier and sometimes quicker for our local people if they can access the service here.”

Lynda said the other great thing about being a theatre nurse at TDHS was getting to know patients throughout their whole procedure.

“We get to do the pre-admission, procedure and recovery of our patients, as well as run the CSSD (Central Sterilisation Service Department) so there is a lot of variety in our work.

“Something our patients tell us is that they find it very comforting when we go through the procedure process with them at pre-admission and they realise we will also be the staff in theatre on the day as well.

“Bigger establishments don’t necessarily have the time for their theatre nurses to go through the whole process. Often each role such as pre-admissions, theatre and recovery is a separate department.

“So for us it’s nice to be able to develop the nurse/patient relationship throughout the complete procedure.”

This story in our third monthly instalment to help mark 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.  The whole series can be found here

Nurses make up a significant proportion of our workforce and TDHS would not be able to run without their dedication, skill and compassionate care. We are very excited to be celebrating their valuable contributions throughout the year. We hope you join us in recognising and thanking our nurses.    

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