Medical nurse unit manager Jodie Smith and surgical nurse unit manager Kim Ives are looking forward to working in the new medical and surgical wards.CHLOE PICKARD July 14, 2014 3:11am
Teamwork remains a strong focus in Echuca Regional Health’s new medical and surgical wards.
Although the two wards will have separate space in the new hospital, the nursing unit managers will work closely and are optimistic links between staff will remain strong.
Surgical nursing unit manager Kim Ives, who has worked at the hospital since 1988, hoped staff who had worked together would not forget one another in future.
‘‘While the wards are separating, I hope the teamwork and the friendship that they had won’t be lost,’’ she said.
Medical nursing unit manager Jodie Smith agreed and said she thought staff would have plenty of chances to mingle.
‘‘I believe the layout in the new hospital will help us come together as teams,’’ she said.
‘‘The staff tea room will help us, it’s just one for all those areas, so we’ll still be able to meet up with one another instead of having our own little areas to sit.’’
As well as more room for staff like a write-up room for nurses and an education room, ward improvements include new equipment that will help lift patients, new spot monitors which monitor blood pressure and new IV pumps.
There will be more single rooms, with the addition of ensuite bathrooms in some rooms.
Bed numbers will go from to 18 to 30 in the medical ward, while the new surgical ward will start with 20 and have 32 in 12 months’ time in the second stage of development.
Ms Smith said she and her colleagues were excited to start work in the new wards.
‘‘I’m definitely looking forward to it,’’ she said.
‘‘Open space, better rooms. It’s beautiful.’’
Ms Ives said staff were hard at work preparing to work in their new surroundings.
‘‘We’ve been doing a lot of robust training,’’ she said.
‘‘There’s a lot of online orientation modules we’ve been doing and orientation through the wards.
‘‘We’re walking through, having a look around, finding what’s where.’’
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