For Adelaide RDNS Silverchain nurse Marion Larsen-Smith, helping vulnerable clients to stay out of hospital and remain independent in their own homes is one of the many rewarding parts of her job as a community nurse.
Ms Larsen-Smith is one of the 1,200 nurses nationally across Silverchain Group who we are celebrating this year’s International Nurses Day, 12 May. She manages a large team as a Clinical Nurse Consultant Manager.
RDNS Silverchain, part of Silverchain Group, has been delivering care in communities across Australia for almost 130 years. We have dedicated practitioners, Enrolled Nurses, Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Research Nurses working towards their PhDs.
“I have always had a big interest in community nursing,” Ms Larsen-Smith said.
“The relationships you form are unique in the way you connect with clients in their own homes and advocate for them to ensure the best possible care with their families, primary health care networks, allied health and community organisations.”
Starting with RDNS Silverchain more than a decade ago after previously working in a hospital setting, Ms Larsen-Smith said the value of community nursing was immeasurable.
“It is so important, especially right now, as the hospital system could not sustain what community nursing allows, which is hospital avoidance, enabling patients to leave hospital earlier and generally taking the strain off primary health care,” Ms Larsen-Smith said.
“Often clients are in a low socioeconomic area with complex needs and little support around them. RDNS Silverchain nurses are able to come into their homes and provide services such as medication assistance, continence care and wound care, and link them to services so they can be as independent as possible.”
Ms Larsen-Smith said International Nurses Day also gave organisations an opportunity to say thank you.
“Nurses are incredibly resilient – there has been so much stress health care workers since the start of the pandemic with shortages and an increase in workload,” Ms Larsen-Smith said.
“But at the end of the day, what you are working towards is the best outcome for every client, and that makes it all worth it.”
Silver Chain National Nursing Director Lisa Turner said Silver Chain nurses provided an incredible range of clinical care and were committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of clients and communities around Australia.
“All of our nurses do an incredible job each day,” Ms Turner said.
“Visiting our clients in their homes, workplaces, or community settings, drawing on specialised nursing expertise enables our clients to retain their independence and connection to their communities.”
Silver Chain is committed to investing in a sustainable, high-quality nursing team that allows us to continue to transform health systems to meet the needs of our clients and communities now and into the future. This ties in with this year’s theme for International Nurses Day: “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health”.
“We know that our people are our greatest asset, and we value our skilled and dedicated nurses. We are committed to promoting nursing work and advocating for the profession,” Ms Turner said.