Yi Pan knew first-hand the sometimes thankless and simultaneously rewarding pursuit of becoming a nurse.
And yet in 2002 she joined the nursing ranks – and has loved it ever since.
The Fairfield Hospital Clinical Nurse Consultant was one of the many nurses recognised on International Nurses Day on Friday to coincide with the birthday of the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.
The hospital held a special event for the nurses and handed out awards as part of International Nurses Day festivities.
“My mum’s a nurse, so I was inspired by her growing up,” she said.
“I became a nurse because I wanted to make a difference and that makes it all worthwhile.
“I really do love my job.”
Ms Pan works primarily in infection prevention and control and recently organised the Hand Hygiene Relay for World Hand Hygiene Day.
“The patients safety is the No.1 priority,” she said.
“My job is to make sure infectious patients are accommodated correctly and to monitor health care workers.
“Hand hygiene is very important in a hospital.”
Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies thanked nurses living and working in the area for their continued commitment to care for the community on International Nurses Day.
“It takes a special person to be a nurse or a midwife, which is why it’s so important we take the opportunity on this day to thank these hard-working women and men,” Ms Davies said.
“It takes a special compassion, professionalism and round-the-clock commitment to caring for patients.
“I’m always struck by the selflessness and dedication of nurses and midwives, not just here in the Mulgoa electorate, but across NSW.”
Ms Pan said recognition was not a common occurrence for a nurse.
She also praised the wonderful team environment at Fairfield Hospital. “We get a lot of negative feedback and don’t get as much positive feedback in return,” she said. “A lot of people are quick to blame nurses so it is nice to be recognised.
“We walk down the corridors and know all the staff by their first names and everyone interacts with each other which makes for a cohesive environment. You don’t get that in a bigger hospital.”