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Formed in 1998, Barwon Health is the largest regional health provider for the Barwon South West region and a major teaching facility with links to Deakin University, The Gordon and other tertiary education facilities. As one of the busiest hospitals in the state, we serve over 500,000 people through the efforts of over 7000 staff and more than 1000 volunteers. We provide care at all stages of life and circumstances through comprehensive range of services from emergency and acute medicine to mental health, primary care and rehabilitation.
Bellerine Centre 6 North – General Medicine, Gastroenterology, Renal and Chronic Pain Management
Bellerine Centre 6 North (BC6N) provides a supportive environment that encourages professional growth and education in specialist areas of renal, gastroenterology and chronic pain management. BC6N is a 24-bed ward with a mix of 20 specialty medicine and general medicine beds and four beds that can be used flexibly in response to demand. The ward located at University Hospital Geelong, and only a short walk from our vibrant waterfront, botanical gardens, and cosmopolitan CBD.
Baxter Wing 7 – General Medicine, Endocrinology and Infectious Diseases
Baxter Wing 7 is a 32-bed unit, encompassing general medicine, endocrinology and infectious diseases. The staff are highly-skilled, professional, friendly and dedicated, taking pride in providing high quality, safe healthcare. The ward is located at University Hospital Geelong in the heart of central Geelong, and only minutes from the picturesque waterfront and a short drive to some of Australia's best beaches.
L-R: Baxter 7 Nurse Unit Manager Rhi and BC6N Nurse Unit Manager Kylie.
Q: Tell us about your career to date?
Rhi: I completed my Bachelor of Nursing at Deakin University in 2004. After my graduate year in Melbourne in 2005, I commenced work for Barwon Health in Aged Care in 2006. I have been working in the area of General Medicine for the last 11 years, within multiple leadership roles, as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Associate Nurse Unit Manager. I have been in the permanent Nurse Unit Manager role on Baxter 7 since January 2018.
Kylie: I completed my Bachelor of Nursing at Deakin University in 1993 and started at Barwon Health in 1994 within the Graduate Nurse program. My nursing career has taken me overseas where I worked as a registered nurse in Northern England and India with my biggest highlight being the opportunity to work with the Mother Theresa mission in Kolkata. I have since worked at Barwon Health as a primary care co-ordinator (Corio), became a Nurse Unit Manager in 2014 and completed my Masters in nursing management.
Q: What do you love most about your department and organisation?
Rhi: Baxter 7 is a dynamic team that work collaboratively in a challenging environment. We have patients experiencing a wide range of medical conditions, enabling the staff to expand their knowledge in all areas of general medicine, endocrinology and infectious diseases. The staff of Barwon Health are very fortunate to have many educational opportunities, practising evidence based learning to facilitate positive patient outcomes.
Kylie: A strong culture of collaboration and teamwork, diversity of patients and caring for people when they are at their most vulnerable.
Q: What do you look for when recruiting staff?
Rhi: When recruiting staff, I look for motivated and driven individuals with a focus on safe, quality care. With so many learning opportunities within the organisation, I have an expectation that my staff are engaged in the process of continuous development. When recruiting, I want to know that the applicant can add value to the team.
Kylie: Passionate nurses that pride themselves on best practice, and are able to work within a multidisciplinary team. Nurses that have a desire to become the best nurse that they can be through taking education opportunities and applying that to their practice.
“Transitioning from aged care into acute as an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse in 2014, I haven't looked back! I love the challenges and the satisfaction of knowing I have provided the best possible care to the community. There is nothing more rewarding than feeling valued and appreciated by your peers and consumers alike. BC6N is a supportive team environment that listens to your contributions and ideas to better the outcomes on the ward and encourages you to further your knowledge and skills. Through the support of my team, I have commenced studying Bachelor of Nursing.” – Sanja, Endorsed Enrolled Nurse BC6N
L-R: Baxter 7 Associate Nurse Unit Manager Emma and Baxter 7 Registered Nurse Gavin
“As an Associate Nurse Unit Manager on Baxter 7 I enjoy working within a team which aims to achieve the best health outcomes for our community every day. Within that, I love being able to deliver compassionate care and being the difference in someone’s day. I feel rewarded by teaching and watching my colleagues grow within their nursing role and become more confident and competent in their ability as a nurse. Barwon Health has provided me study days to increase my knowledge as an ANUM as well as stepping up into the Acting Nurse Unit Manager role, when my manager is on leave.” – Emma, Associate Nurse Unit Manager, Baxter 7
“The forging of friendships on the ward, patient connection and seeing the difference you can make in someone’s day are all rewarding elements of working on Baxter 7. Whatever drives your passion can be found here. Baxter 7 has enabled me to grow my career and meet an array of new people and discover their stories.” – Gavin, Registered Nurse Baxter 7
“I love the unpredictable nature of patients that we have on BC6N; its challenges and how we overcome these challenges. I enjoy working with the multidisciplinary team which is always consumer focussed. The most rewarding element that Barwon Health has given me is the immense opportunity for professional growth and career development. The study days and internal training has helped me to explore my scope of practice. Barwon Health education department has given me paid academic days to complete my post graduate course. The multiple study days and training has played a crucial role in my career growth.” – Helen, Bellerine Centre 6 North, Associate Nurse Unit Manager
At Barwon Health we harness a diverse and inclusive workforce and offer fantastic staff benefits. Some of these include:
- Flexible working arrangements
- Professional development opportunities including access to over 32 organisational curriculum offerings around awareness of self, communication, relationships and results
- Experienced clinical educators and mentors
- Access to employee wellness facility
- Salary packaging
- Social club
- Study days
- Accrued days off (one per month for full time employees)
Last Modified: Thursday, 12 September 2019