November 16, 2023

Happy Perioperative Nurses Week!

This week, Northern Health celebrates Perioperative Nurses Week!

Here at Northern Health, our perioperative nurses work behind closed doors in the operating suites, providing exceptional care to patients before, during, and after surgeries. They’re highly skilled, compassionate, and always up for a challenge. Stationed across Northern Hospital Epping, Broadmeadows Hospital and Kilmore District Hospital, these nurses use their expertise to ensure safe and trusted care for surgical patients from admission to recovery.

“Perioperative staff are the hidden heroes in healthcare. Mostly tucked away in restricted areas, Theatres, Endoscopy, Bookings and CSSD, they treat patients who are often at their most vulnerable. They are dedicated, resilient, caring, hardworking and have a great sense of humour. They inspire me and make coming to work a pleasure,” said Tracey Wyllie, Director of Operations – Perioperative Services, Northern Health.

We take this time to acknowledge the wonderful work of our perioperative nurses all year round.

This week, the celebrations kicked off with a crazy socks day, complemented by team huddles and sharing work selfies to highlight team unity. Mid-week activities included fun challenges like guessing the number of lollies in the jar and sharing the best slogans on keep cups.

Tomorrow, the week will conclude with a team luncheon, fostering a festive atmosphere as staff bring plates to share.

“Perioperative Nurses Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the amazing work our perioperative team do, all year round, providing a valuable service to our community,” said Lana Dent, Nurse Unit Manager – Scrub Scout, General Operating Theatre, Northern Health.

“The Perioperative team love participating in the fun activities run throughout the week,” she said.

Here’s to our remarkable perioperative nurses—thank you for your outstanding service!