When Margo Baker was in her second year of her registered nursing degree, she had an experience that changed the course of her career, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
“My grandfather was in a palliative care unit and I was so impressed by the care he was given by the nursing staff,” she said.
When it came time for Baker to choose a speciality in the final year of her degree she already knew what she wanted to do.
Baker did six months of palliative care in her graduate year, which she said confirmed that palliative care was her passion.
She is now employed as a palliative care nurse for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Victoria, a public hospital that provides world-leading treatment complemented by wellness programs, clinical trials and breakthrough research.
Each year the centre holds its annual fun run, The Wellness Walk and Research Run, which this year is on Sunday, October 6, and will fund cancer research and provide access to world-leading wellness programs for patients.
“I think at the ONJ Centre, there is a focus on the person rather than what is wrong with them, and looking at the bigger picture in terms of palliative care, about what is important to the person in the time they have left,” Baker said.
“My job is about how I can, as a nurse, help support them to do the things that are important to them, so they can focus on the bigger picture.
Baker says palliative care is perhaps one of the lesser known areas of nursing, and a lot of people do not understand what the specialty involves.
“Palliative care is an emerging specialty. It’s still quite young and the language around it is still not used very much,” she said.
Palliative care an emerging speciality in health field (Sydney Morning Herald)
Wellness Walk and Research Run
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