Kelly Beer, 60, has been Surgical Case Manager for 15 years at Melbourne's Warringal Private Hospital, where she has spent over three decades of her working life.
What’s the best part about your job?
Every day is a clean slate, as every contact with patients and their families will involve differing care needs and often you are required to ‘think outside the box’.
What is something about your job that not many people know about, and what would surprise other people about working in a private hospital?
Roles are more diverse, and I wear many ‘hats’, so I may be involved with patients in the Surgical, Orthopaedic and Oncology unit, as well as pre-admission and discharge planning, and administer chemo on the same day.
What do you love about working in a private hospital?
It’s the great teamwork ethos with my co-workers that is still strong after 33 years.
A greeting from everyone you meet goes a long way.
What do you like to do outside of work and/or what is something your colleagues don’t know about you?
I had an amazing experience on a surgical team to the Solomon Islands, back to basics with minimal equipment and we had to improvise as we went – an opportunity to really make a difference.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Just keep walking - get out every day and you’ll always feel better for the time spent.
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