Insights from a Chronic Health Nurse

Insights from a Chronic Health Nurse

“Carers (whether it be family or not) play a vital role in also caring for my patients, they will always know more than me about my patient…”   Please meet Kelly, she is an award winning passionate nurse who is warm, caring and incredibly funny!  Kelly trained an adult learner to become a qualified nurse.  She has worked with people of all ages and walks of life.  She cares deeply for her patients and their loved ones.  I happened to go to high school with Kelly and we met again the day my step-mum was diagnosed with breast cancer some five years ago. Her words are incredibly pertinent with and has some interesting insights for us all.  Cassie x Please tell us about yourself and how you support or work with carers. I am a nurse currently working within cancer services for a major metropolitan acute adult hospital. I work in an outpatient area, providing support – the term support covers many aspects of care – but briefly this includes; toxicity, medication and treatment management, emotional & psychosocial support for cancer sufferers receiving radiotherapy as part of their cancer treatment regime. As the largest radiation oncology department in Adelaide we treat on average 120 patients per day, we have treated children as young as a few months old right up to the geriatric age group. A patient’s treatment intent can be “radical” with the intent of remission – life preservation, or palliative – life extending or symptom control for end of life care. Can you share the most rewarding and the most challenging parts of your role? The most rewarding...