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To speak to QEII Hospital’s Clinical Nurse, Sevilia Chitsunge, is to completely understand why her passion for surgical nursing and her work ethic resulted in the QEII International Nurses Day award for Integrity.
Her roles over the past 17 years have seen her apply her nursing as an RN, CN, and Acting NUM and through that, she consistently demonstrates an impressive work ethic and a level of trust from the team that results in confidence and respect for her decisions.
“Ward 2B is a family – we work together and we carry each other,” Sevilia said. “It may be an individual member of the team going through something – we will carry them; it may be a pandemic - we carried each other for the benefit of the community.
“When our team needed to move between wards due to organisational change or renovations, we supported each other through the change,” she said.
Sevilia’s nomination referred consistently to trust and accountability in her work ethic as an essential part of what integrity is all about. To that she says:
“When it is time for work, I’m working - when it is time for fun, I’m there!”
A love for nursing has driven her career from her time as a midwife in Western Australia, to her general surgical nursing roles at QEII Hospital since 2007 which are more than just being ok with blood and wounds.
“I get job satisfaction from the quick turnover of general surgical patients,” she said. “They come in, get what they need, and we can get them home quickly compared to other models of care. I like the continual pace of helping more and more patients in the surgical wards.
“There is enormous job satisfaction and I’m so happy that we can help them.
“Every patient, whether they are in hospital for a long or a short time, has goals to help get them home and every milestone is a celebration. In surgical nursing, I feel we have a lot to celebrate.”