Nurses' corner

We look forward to introducing you to our staff and hope that by reading the information provided you too will want to join the team at Wakefield Hospital.

Rachael Lucas - Clinical Operations Manager

lucasWelcome to the web pages for Nursing at Wakefield Hospital. It is my pleasure to offer you a glimpse of what our nursing staff have accomplished. I have worked at Wakefield for the past 8 years, in both bedside and management roles. As Clinical Operations Manager I'd like to inform you of our professional environment.

Wakefield Hospital management truly believe that staff are our greatest asset.
I invite you to see why.

We believe in the importance of collaboration to ensure best practice and a safe working environment. In all clinical areas at Wakefield Hospital, nurses are involved in preceptoring and teaching, as well as committees for Occupational Health and Safety and Infection Control. We encourage nurses to follow their clinical interests and undertake quality improvements.

Our Recognition Pathway is a system that gives nurses high quality feedback through the annual appraisal and portfolio update. As the Nursing Council has recognised the Pathway as an accredited professional development and recognition programme, your participation in it covers annual practising certificate requirements. The Pathway also encourages and rewards nurses in developing their clinical expertise and involvement in Wakefield's commitment to excellence in caring.

We are committed to ongoing education and professional development – our staff are entitled to five paid study days per year to ensure that they can maintain and develop their clinical and nursing skills. Our in-house training programme includes a comprehensive orientation programme, area-specific study days and a weekly lunch-time lecture series in which consultants and allied health staff share their knowledge and expertise.

We support nurses' involvement in further formal study and externally provide education events such as conferences. We have a special relationship with the Postgraduate Certificate in Peri-operative Nursing run jointly by Whitireia Community Polytechnic and Medtra. Wakefield Hospital was the third partner in the consortium who set up this course, and we have supported 30 of our nurses in completing it. I know that it's a wonderful way to deepen your knowledge of planned surgery and care of patients.

Contact Details

P: (04) 381 8100
F: (04) 381 8347
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Chris Norman - Theatre Services Manager

chrisnormanWe have six operating theatres plus PACU, CSSD and an anaesthetic tech team. It’s an excellent department with a wide range of specialties and a lot of leading edge surgery, which all makes for a really interesting and developmental environment. All lists are staffed by three Registered Nurses and one Anaesthetic Technician.

Most staff work 10 hour shifts over 4 days, with morning lists generally starting from 7:30am onwards, and afternoon lists scheduled to end at 6:00pm. We’ve found that staff are very happy with the 10 hour/4 day work pattern and enjoy the extra day off. We are flexible with other shifts as well. Saturday work is fairly infrequent.

All the specialties and services have Team Leaders who are experts in their field. You will be able to focus on a main specialty area, and your Team Leader will support your learning and in consolidating your expertise.

In our theatres there’s a great team spirit, it’s also a great learning environment and we support lots of education.

Contact Details

P: (04) 381 8137
F: (04) 381 8104
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