2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife at SALHN

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Celebrating our nurses and midwives - 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife

This year Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) is celebrating the exceptional care our nurses and midwives provide each and every day to the southern Adelaide community.

Globally nurses and midwives are at the heart of providing health care to our community – this is no different to our Health Network - and the World Health Organization has declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.   

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic our incredible nurses and midwives have risen to the extraordinary challenge to keep our community safe, and perhaps now more than ever our nurses and midwives are being recognised widely for the vital work they do. 

With over 3,400 nurses and midwives across our acute and community services, they devote their lives to providing quality and compassionate health care to those most at need from the beginning to end of life. 

Thank you to our incredible nurses and midwives – you make a difference each and every day!

Fun facts from SALHN

  • 3,400 nurses and midwives work at SALHN – that’s 51% of our workforce
  • 88% live and work in the South
  • 120 specialty groups ranging from perioperative care to mental health to emergency care
  • 12% of our nurses and midwives have worked at SALHN for over 20 years

Thanks to our nurses and midwives 

It’s wonderful we receive so many people in our community send messages of gratitude, thanks and support to our nurses and midwives, and this has been particularly significant during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Below are a few feel good messages thanking our incredible nurses and midwives.

Thank you messages to staff Year of the Nurse and Midwife SALHN

You can leave your own shout-out message for a SALHN nurse or midwife who touched your life or inspired you by emailing SALHNMediaandCommunications@sa.gov.au. Posts can be anonymous.

Our inspirational staff

Nurses and midwives play a vital role in influencing and delivering health care, and we are extremely proud of our nurses and midwives at Southern Adelaide.



Kate - RN2, Emergency Department, Flinders Medical Centre

Kate SALHN Year of the Nurse photoKate’s job is extremely challenging and hectic with no day ever the same in the Emergency Department (ED). Enjoying the fast pace, she is responsible for triaging presentations - ranging from cuts and colds to major traumas and cardiac arrests – before thoroughly assessing a patient and continuing to monitor for any deterioration. Working extremely close with doctors and the medical team, Kate says it is important as an emergency nurse to think and act quickly: “The pressure on you individually and as a team is high, and the support we have for each other is amazing. But just as important is the support and compassion for patients and families during these difficult times.” While continually learning every day, Kate is no rookie – before becoming an emergency nurse six years ago she was a rural nurse in the Eyre Peninsula for 23 years and also has midwifery experience.   

Vanessa -Scrub/Scout Nurse – Operating Theatres

Year of the Nurse and Midwife Vanessa photoWorking in surgery is not for the faint-hearted, but with over 25 years’ experience Vanessa enjoys being in the operating theatres. As a scrub/scout nurses, she plays an important role in preparing for surgeries and being a ‘runner’ during surgery – this involves collecting, scrubbing, setting-out and counting all sterile instruments and consumables. This is a fast-paced environment: “I am involved in elective and emergency surgeries, enjoy improving my skills and keeping updated with new technologies in this ever changing environment.”  Vanessa has been a SALHN nurse for seven years and praises her colleagues for their teamwork and support, as well as the high quality of care provided to patients. “I enjoy being part of the patient’s healing journey and being their advocate when they are at their most vulnerable. I treat patients the way I would want my own family and friends to be treated.”

John - Midwifery Unit Manager, Birthing Assessment Suite

John SALHN Year of the Nurse photoJohn has helped mums deliver babies for over 30 years and is one of only a handful of male midwives in South Australia. AS head of the Midwifery Unit at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) since 1999 - and working with a dedicated team of 45 staff – John’s role is mostly managerial, but he still occasionally assists with clinical care. John said working at FMC was always busy – and often challenging: “We are the designated trauma and bariatric centre for the state so our unit can be very busy and stressful. But I have wonderful staff and support them to provide high quality, safe and effective care for the more than 3,500 women who birth at FMC each year. I’ve always thought it is a great privilege to be with a woman and her family as she brings a child into the world – and after all these years, I still do.”

Chelsea - Associate Nurse Unit Manager, Laurel Hospice

Chelsea SALHN Year of the Nurse photoChelsea has been at the Laurel Hospice for only five months, but has worked in palliative care for the past eight years. Her job is not only fast paced, but also professionally challenging. With her vast skill set and a holistic approach that supports patients and their loved ones, Chelsea said it’s important to think outside the box to achieve individual goals of care for our patients. “We recognise that each person is different and their needs and wants are different.” Chelsea works as part of a multidisciplinary team, including the community palliative care team to manage complex care needs and end-of-life care for terminally ill patients. Chelsea is surrounded by a supportive and caring team: “We all work well together and make sure we support each other. No day is the same – today we had a miniature pony visit patients, and to see the smiles on their faces was just priceless!”

Sarah - RN3 Specialist Community Mental Health Team, Marion Psychosis

Sarah SALHN Year of the Nurse photoSarah’s role is a balance of clinical leadership with direct care delivery for consumers who have a severe and enduring mental illness – a mix that she thoroughly enjoys and one that models her professionalism. Leading a multidisciplinary team of nine, Sarah provides clinical management and support as well as triaging all referrals to Mental Health teams on site. Working in the mental health field is something Sarah is passionate about and she has clocked up almost 10 years with her team. Sarah said she works in a positive work environment: “SALHN is an innovative workplace which is responsive to practitioner feedback about service development. I also feel supported to reach my professional potential and work to the top of my scope through education and training.”

More information

SA Health 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife