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December 2018

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Raising their Northern Health commemoration ‘keep’ cups are (back) nurses Carlie La Rosa and Tyson Mcleod, (front) clinical nurse specialist Yvonne, critical care nurse Diana Kovaceski, associate nurse unit manager Julia Fotiadis, nurse unit manager Janice Fernandes, flow co-ordinator Hannah Dozzi, clinical nurse specialist Jyoti Sharma and nurse Fiona Smith.

Here’s cheers to emergency department nurses

Northern Health’s ED has marked National Emergency Nurses Day.

Northern Health experienced a 7.9 percent increase in emergency presentations in the last financial year with 99,400 presentations and 28,800 ambulance arrivals.

‘We are the busiest in the state and to be able to meet the demands of our patients, families and the community in a timely manner can be challenging,’ said ED nurse unit manager Janice Fernandes.

‘National ED nurses day is a time to thank our staff for their resilience in the service they provide.

‘We are here to serve our patients and their families and be able to make a difference to our community.’

Chief Operating Officer Jane Poxon expressed her gratitude to Northern Health’s emergency nurses.

‘Thank you to everyone on the team for your dedication and commitment to your patients and families within our community.

‘Every time I come into the ED, even though everyone is very busy, all staff are always welcoming and willing to assist.

‘I am very proud to be working with a great team,’ Ms Poxon said.

Emergency nurse Tyson Mcleod expressed thanks for the appreciation.

‘It’s quite a demanding job and you’ve got a lot of responsibility, so just to be recognised for that is a reward in itself,’ Mr Mcleod said.

During National Emergency Nurses Day celebrations, the ED launched a new motto.

We are a family caring for our community underpins the team approach nurses adopt to provide the best care in a high pressure environment.