Epworth nurses lead positive change

April 10, 2019| Epworth News /

Richmond Emergency Department Nurse Unit Manager Sheila Salonga is recognised for her leadership, after being nominated as a finalist in the 2019 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards.

Sheila is recognised for her leadership as acting Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) building an inclusive team culture that led to improved patient care outcomes in the Epworth Hospital intensive care unit.

Identifying that team members in her unit could work together more collaboratively, Sheila sought out to build more inclusive working environment for her staff, by introducing a number of employee recognition programs that recognised and rewarded their work.

These include a Pay it Forward initiative encouraging staff to lend each other a hand, a staff member of the month award and cultural days to celebrate the teams diversity. Sheila also encouraged staff to share ideas and provide feedback on how the delivery of care to patients could be improved.

The introduction of these initiatives led to a decline in employee sick days, greater staff retention, and an increase in staff engagement. These programs also had a positive impact on patient care, resulting in a reduced number of patients experiencing injuries.  

I feel truly humbled to be nominated and chosen as a finalist for the Hesta Nurse of the Year Award.

I’d like to give this back to my previous department, the ICU team, who have allowed me to empower and engage them to become the most amazing clinicians that they are right now. I am proudest to carry the name of Epworth, an organisation that has given me all opportunities to develop into kind of leader that I have become.
— Sheila Salonga


Epworth Executive Director Richmond Nicole Waldron recognised the contribution Sheila has made to her patients and within her workplace.

We’re thrilled and proud that Sheila has been recognised for her leadership which really recognises the contribution she has made to build an inclusive team culture and improve patient care outcomes at Epworth Richmond,

”By leading with example, Sheila created employee recognition programs for staff that rewarded their work with the delivery of care to patients always front of mind.
— Nicole Waldron, Epworth Richmond Executive Director

Our nurses, including Sheila are currently in Seattle as part of their Nursing Leadership Experience and have been supporting Sheila in her nomination.

Celebrating with her fellow colleagues in Seattle as part of their Nursing Leadership Experience.

Celebrating with her fellow colleagues in Seattle as part of their Nursing Leadership Experience.

The program sees 10 leadership nurses, and two leaders, Executive Director of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer Paula Stephenson and Group Director Patient Experience and Clinical Service Improvement Sheila Daly to travel with the group to the US for roughly two weeks.

The 10 participants will attend an international conference and training workshop with built in site visits. This experience will allow the group to further explore their role in ensuring a positive patient experience and have the ability to translate their learnings and plans within their retrospective departments.  

The Nursing Leadership Experience, as part of the scholarship program, is made possible with thanks to the Epworth Medical Foundation



Epworth

Join the conversation on The Village



September 16, 2019| Health and Wellbeing/

Staying home from work when you're sick

When feeling unwell, it can be difficult to determine the appropriate measures for your recovery. You will likely have many questions - do I need to stay home from work? Should I visit a GP? Do I need to go to the emergency department?

September 13, 2019| Our Community/

Team recipes - Seafood paella

Recipes brought to you by the Epworth team. Seafood paella, easiest to cook on the BBQ to ensure you get that all important crust.

September 11, 2019| Epworth News/

Helping patients find their way

Margaret McKelvie started volunteering at Epworth HealthCare after the death of her husband in April last year.

For Margaret, it was an opportunity to give back to the hospital and staff that had cared for her husband until his final days.

September 11, 2019| Health and Wellbeing/

How to swaddle your baby

Swaddling has been done for centuries to help settle a newborn baby. It feels more familiar to them – they’ve been tucked up in your womb until now and lots of space can feel foreign

September 10, 2019| Health and Wellbeing/

Parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s disease affects 100,000 Australians, second only to dementia when it comes to neurological disease cases. Chances are you or someone you know will be affected by the disease, so it’s important to stay informed and be aware of the relevant forms of help available.