Meet Emily McCulloch, Paediatric Registered Nurse at Ward 3A Forest at Monash Children’s Hospital.
What is your role at Monash Children’s Hospital and what does it entail?
I work as a nurse on one of Monash Children’s Hospital’s surgical wards. My job entails caring for children before and after a variety of surgeries and procedures.
What has your journey been like at Monash Children’s Hospital?
My journey at Monash Children’s Hospital has been more amazing and rewarding than I could have ever imagined. The patients and families I have come across, whether it be long term patients or not, have all left a mark and it is so amazing making connections with the kids to make their experience in hospital a positive one.
I have worked at Monash for nearly two years and currently work at Ward 3A Forest and in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.
What are your biggest achievements since working at Monash Children’s Hospital?
My biggest achievement was finishing my Transition to Specialty practice program in Paediatric Intensive Care, and getting a place at University to complete a post graduate degree in Diabetes Education.
What major/new project or initiative is your team currently working on?
A major initiative that our ward is currently working on is the AppiOut project which is a criteria lead discharge initiative for patients who have a simple appendectomy procedure.
What is the most rewarding part of your role?
The most rewarding part of my role as a Paediatric Nurse is the relationships developed with patients and their families while they are in hospital. Creating a fun and happy environment for these children in a potentially frightening time can make the world of difference. Something as simple as a smile, friendly face or positive attitude can go such a long way with these kids and how they remember their time in hospital.
If you weren’t working in your current role what would you be doing?
I would be an interior designer.
What is something that your team doesn’t know about you?
I secretly love listening to baby shark and the wiggles nursery rhymes that are continuously playing at our nurse’s station!