Miles Hospital staff from left Helen Wylie, Margaret Back and Dianne Schulte.
Miles Hospital staff from left Helen Wylie, Margaret Back and Dianne Schulte. Contributed

Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week celebrated

Miles Hospital staff are raising awareness of the contribution community and primary health care nurses make to the health care system, and the positive impact they have on the wellbeing of patients and the local community.

Community and primary health care nurses address the health needs of individuals and communities while considering the social, economic and environmental factors impacting their patient's health.

"Our roles can involve assisting with discharge planning, following up with patients after their operations, liaising with other health professionals and initiating referrals, assisting patients transferring from larger hospitals to their smaller local hospital and assist with in home care," Miles community and palliative care nurse Ms Sue Walker said.

Miles Hospital has three community and primary health care nurses covering different health disciplines: antenatal and post-natal care, community and palliative care and child health.

Annually the Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week (CPHCNW) is held 16 until 22 September by the Australian College of Nursing.

"This week is a great opportunity for us to create greater awareness of our roles in the hospital and community," child health nurse Ms Helen Wylie said.

"The more understanding staff and community members have of our roles, the more patients needing our services will be referred.

"During this week we are displaying 10 components of our roles on orange pieces of paper around the hospital, including patient waiting areas."

The Miles Hospital staff held a morning tea on Tuesday 17 September to further celebrate Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week.