Virginia | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
VirginiaNurse Unit Manager


    Passionate about Lifehouse’s patient centred model, Virginia completed her training in 1983.

    Here is a little about Virginia’s role at Lifehouse.

    Q&A with Virginia.

    What is your title?

    Nurse Unit Manager. Day Surgery, Preadmission clinic

    What does your role involve on a day-day basis?

    I begin my day, ensuring that my team are comfortable with the day ahead.  I meet and greet patients arriving for Day Surgery, have meetings with the daily operations team, which includes staff from around the hospital, and I support my team throughout the day to problem solve and ensure patients are comfortable.

    What is the hardest part about your job?

    Supporting the young patients who have been given a cancer diagnosis is by far the most challenging part of my job.

    What do you enjoy most about your job?

    I really enjoy meeting the range of different people who come through Lifehouse. My highlight would have to be watching my fantastic staff make a difference every day to patients’ lives.

    What does Lifehouse offer patients that is so unique?

    From the moment a patient arrives in Day Surgery, the admissions, preadmission and day surgery staff treat everyone as individuals with different needs. We all work so hard to ensure each patient is respected and cared for based on their individual circumstances. Our patient-centric approach is what makes Lifehouse so unique.

    Why Lifehouse for you?

    Lifehouse allows me to work the way I think all hospitals and nurses should operate- with the patient at the centre of everything we do.

    Lifehouse also encourages nurses to be strong leaders and positive role models, always thinking outside of the box and challenging the way we have traditionally operated to ensure it is always in patients’ best interests.

    What was your first job?

    I was a kitchen maid at Canberra hospital, delivering meals to patients.

    At the end of the day I relax by…

    Watching the world news. I love to know what’s happening in the real world.

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