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Thanking Goldfields nurses on International Nurses Day
On the 12th May, the Goldfields Health Professionals Network (GOHPN) thanked and celebrated our local nurses for International Nurses Day by arranging a delicious morning tea for the nurses at Esperance Health Campus.
Gourmet hampers containing pastries, fruit, cheese, chocolate and nuts were delivered on behalf of the network for the nurses to enjoy with their morning cuppa.
As the GOHPN has not yet hosted an event in the Esperance region, it was a great opportunity to meet some of our local health professionals in this part of the region and introduce them to the network.
Thank you to all our incredible nurses caring for our Goldfields community, especially in this difficult time!
Thank you also to Amore Events for the delicious hamper.
Meet Director of Nursing, Carla Jones
Director of Nursing
WA Country Health Service [Goldfields – Esperance]
Tell us – where are you from and how did you get to be a Director of Nursing in Esperance?
After completing my studies in Perth, I started my nursing career in the Kimberley and then travelled to Queensland and Northern Territory briefly after my graduate year. I returned to the Kimberly and worked in multiple sites for about 18 years. In between I was in Carnarvon for 2 years in the Midwest. I joined the Esperance team in 2015 which was a big change after nursing above the 26th parallel for my entire nursing career. I progressed to management roles to align with family commitments in 2007 and I have enjoyed the challenges it brings.
What are you professional interests/specialities?
I have a strong ongoing professional interest in Emergency Nursing and recently Safety and Quality. I have been in leadership roles since 2010. Currently I am the Regional clinical lead in the Comprehensive Care Standard and looking at strategies to reduce falls and pressure injuries in the Goldfields. I have been chosen for the Clinical Senate for the next two years and I am looking forward to being involved with this team.
What do you love about Esperance?
The community of Esperance is one of the strongest I have ever lived in. Esperance has had significant community disasters in the past 5 years and I have felt that all groups come together to ensure that the community goes forward at all times. It also helps that Esperance is one of the most beautiful places in Australia.
Did you always want to be a Registered Nurse? Why?
My mum was a nurse and I was always inspired by her stories. Nursing also has so many opportunities for trying new pathways and travel within Australia which was always my goal.
What are your passions?
My biggest passion is nurturing and good mentorship of our junior nurses. Recruiting can be difficult in country WA and we have really tried to retain and build our nurses to be strong, curious and forward thinking.
On a personal level, caring for children and furry Bella are my top priorities.
What tips can you share with other GOHPN members on keeping healthy and happy during these current self-isolation restrictions?
Eating well, time to reflect and sleeping well have been my tips to survival. Walking each day after work on a beach or just around the block helped clear the cobwebs to prepare for the evening with the family. Having a week off at home was amazing too and broke the cycle of constant pressure.
Having a laugh with colleagues is also very important. Our humour may be weird and wacky but it ensures that we remain a team that is united.