Changing with times

With 18 years of patient care on her resume, Mindarie resident Michelle Davies has an inside understanding of what it was to be a �90s nurse compared with what the role represents in 2015.

She remembers Joondalup Health Campus as a small community hospital before it grew to the sizeable precinct many are familiar with today.

Mrs Davies, a clinical nurse, is one of more than 1100 JHC nurses and midwives who each year cater for about 65,000 patients and 3500 newborns across more than 650 beds.

�There have been developments in technology, new practices and procedures, and in some cases nurses have been given extra responsibilities too,� she said.

�For example, now there are nurse practitioners qualified to prescribe medicine.�

She said the nurse�s role was one of both emotional and physical support, admitting it was not easy seeing patients struggle with serious ailments, but gratifying when they recovered.

Fellow Mindarie resident Jodie Gibson, an enrolled nurse at JHC, made a similar acknowledgment.

�While nursing is challenging at times, it is also extremely rewarding,� Ms Gibson said.

�Every day is different.�

JHC clinical services director Paul Darcy said the hospital had an excellent reputation which was largely attributable to the work of its nurses and midwives.