Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Special Day Honours Intensive Care Nurses

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Special Day Honours Intensive Care Nurses

Article excerpt

A CORKBOARD on the wall of the Ipswich Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is covered with a blanket of thankyou cards praising staff for the miracles they perform everyday.

One card reads: "Thank you is never big enough to say with the magic work you are doing with our uncle."

With tomorrow being Intensive Care Day the thankyous mean a lot to staff.

ICU clinical nurse Rachel Perry has been working the busy Ipswich ward for six years and said the feeling of watching a patient come back from the brink and walk out of the door could not be beaten.

"Everyday is different, it is challenging, rewarding and there is never a dull moment," Mrs Perry said.

"But the most rewarding thing is when the patients come back to say hello."

Healing a wrecked body is a slow process - the patient is often sedated for long periods of time, nurses are working one on one with the patients while working hard to keep the families feeling positive and involved in the treatment. …

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