Nursing on the COVID-19 frontline

A female nurse wearing a surgical mask, gown, gloves and safety glasses stands outside a tent.
Fiona Stanley Hospital emergency department nurse Kate Collins
April 21, 2020

For Fiona Stanley Hospital emergency department nurse Kate Collins, the COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apply her expertise and compassion and really be ‘the nurse that makes the difference’.

“As a 13-year-old I spent eight weeks in Fremantle Hospital and experienced firsthand the difference a nurse can make to a patient’s life.

“That was when I decided I wanted to become a nurse who cared for people, not just patients – the nurse with a kind word or who always makes the time to get a patient another blanket or a drink.

“There is a lot of fear with this virus and educating and reassuring patients is one of a nurse’s most important roles.

“No matter how busy the COVID Clinic is, our job is to acknowledge our patient’s fear, break down the myths with facts, reinforce safe behaviours and discuss what support will be available if needed.

“The COVID Clinic was created in days yet has already evolved into an efficient and caring workplace that staff members are asking to work in again. Clinic patients have even written us notes, thanking us for our reassurance and making them feel cared for.”

“Nursing is a career you do because you care.”

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