International Nurses Day, held on 12 May every year, highlights the important contributions nurses make to society. From helping patients affected by life-threatening illnesses to caring for the elderly, nurses are unsung heroes who quietly work behind-the-scenes.
Nurses play an important role at Uniting AgeWell and make up approximately 20 per cent of their staff.
Uniting AgeWell’s general manager of people services, Helen Baker, said nurses are a highly valued part of the organisation. She believes International Nurses Day is an opportunity to thank all AgeWell nurses and personal care workers for the invaluable services they provide.
“We have very dedicated nurses and care staff throughout Uniting AgeWell, with registered and enrolled nurses providing high quality clinical care every day,” she said.
“These are critical roles ensuring the wellbeing of residents, particularly those who have complex care needs.”
Uniting AgeWell’s clinical care coordinator, Luke Pualic, believes nurses working in aged care can create significant change in people’s lives. The Kingsville-based nurse said a career in nursing has challenged him to work in different areas of the health industry.
“I’ve worked in hospitals and in theatre but I’ve always returned to aged care because there’s an opportunity to make the biggest impact on people’s lives,” he said.
“A lot of focus is given to people at the start of life, but I really believe there should be more focus on end-of-life care as well.”
AgeWell nurses work closely with chaplains and physiotherapists to support their residents.
Mr Pualic, who has worked at the organisation for more than 18 months, said it is a privilege to play a part in enhancing the wellbeing of the residents.
“It’s very rewarding getting to know our residents and their families intimately, forming long-lasting relationships, making a difference and developing friendships and partnerships through care,” he said.
“There’s a huge diversity of residents at Uniting AgeWell, people from all walks of life, ethnicities and health complexities. Every day is different.
“Working at Uniting AgeWell constantly pushes me to learn and extend myself professionally and personally.”