Nursing can suit diverse skill sets

(MacArther Chronicle) ONE patient Lyne Dine can’t forget is a boy who was brought from overseas to a southwest Sydney hospital for treatment to his badly deformed legs.

“That is something that really touched me at the time, to not have that sort of medical treatment available in their own country was a big thing,” she said.

“I was in recovery, in the wake-up room, and I had to maintain his airways, do observations, check there was no bleeding from where they operated and monitor him until he was fit to go to ward.

“I think I remember it vividly because it was probably the first time I had worked until 2am in the morning from a day shift and he couldn’t walk before that and then he could.”

Ms Dine, 49, of Harrington Park has worked as a nurse for the last 27 years.

She currently works at Campbelltown Private Hospital as a unit manager and said her obsessive compulsive nature is useful for the pedantic requirements needed to clean instruments used in her speciality.

“I am passionate about endoscopy so that is where they do colonoscopies and gastroscopies and look down into the stomach or up into the bowel,” she said.

“The instruments are very difficult to clean and sterilise, they are a big risk of cross contamination and one of the top 10 risks within a theatre and we don’t get a lot of people that like to do it.

“I don’t know if it has got that wow factor because it’s the poo room.”

Ms Dine said key attributes to be a nurse include patience, compassion and tolerance. .

“I think I’m a very different nurse at nearly 50 than I was at 20. Now I am more aware of our rights and responsibilities and I would question things more now,” she said.

“When you’re a new nurse you might just do things because you’re told.”