Our wonderful nurses, carers team and frontline staff work hard 365 days a year to keep our residents and clients healthy, comfortable and happy. We value their work every day and on International Nurses Day, 12 May, we say a special thanks to them for their contribution in bettering the lives of the Bolton Clarke community.
Saturday 12 May marks Florence Nightingale’s birthday, a day when we celebrate International Nurses Day
Florence Nightingale is well known as the ‘lady with the lamp’, who organised the nursing for the sick and wounded during the Crimean War.
Her far-sighted ideas have left a lasting legacy and influenced the very nature of modern healthcare.
Internationally, Bolton Clarke employs nurses and care staff who live and breathe the Nightingale legacy.
One of our many teams that exemplify the qualities of Florence Nightingale is the Stomal Therapy team based in Melbourne, whose members exemplify the vision of this year’s International Nurses Day theme – health as a human right.
This team was recently recognised as a national finalist in the 2018 HESTA Nursing and Midwifery Awards for the vital and niche service they offer to clients.
Stomal therapy can be traumatic for patients, both physically and psychologically.
A stoma is created when a person undergoes a surgical procedure which results in a section of the bowel being brought to the surface of the abdominal wall.
Our stomal therapy team is setting new standards in care and has been instrumental in producing a suite of education materials that are now in use across Australia and internationally.
In collaboration with the Australian Stomal Therapy Nurses Association, the team has published a book on best practice policies and procedures.
Available in six languages, the printable resource provides easy to understand stoma care advice for clients who may have difficulties accessing information in languages other than English.
Clinical Quality and Risk Manager Felicity Vise said stomal therapy resources were scarce, but the need for this kind of care was more common than many may think.
“The new multilingual resources allow us to help a bigger group of patients and makes it easier for nurses to have an informed discussion with clients,” she said.
“The whole process empowers patients at a time when they are particularly vulnerable and trying to understand their diagnosis.”