Nursing and Midwifery spotlight: Katrina Nankervis

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has named 2020 The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. To celebrate throughout the year we will be introducing you to nurses and midwives across Monash Health’s many campuses and specialties. Our first profile is our Acting Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer  / Executive Director, Residential and Support Services Clinical Associate Professor Katrina Nankervis.

  • 2020 is Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, what does this mean to you?

At Monash Health we are always highlighting the important role of our 7,500 nurses and midwives, but the formality of having a year that honours this work on a global scale gives us a platform to really speak about the vital work we do. Of course, we celebrate our annual days of acknowledgement for nurses and midwives with immense pride, but I think it’s incredibly exciting to have a whole year dedicated for this very purpose. I encourage all nurses and midwives to take some time throughout the year to stop and reflect on the work they do every day and the fantastic patient outcomes and experiences they’ve helped deliver in their careers.

  • The theme for the Year is ‘Champions of Change’ – how do you think our Monash Health nurses and midwives can bring this to life?

Nurses and midwives are at the absolute forefront of change wherever they work and this certainly rings true at Monash Health.

Their role and their interactions with patients, families and other health professionals give them the capacity to drive change. Nurses and midwives have a particular opportunity to get to know the people they care for, depending on the situation, this can be over many hours, days, weeks or months. This can provide unique insights into what’s needed to improve outcomes for patients and provides rich opportunity to drive change.  All of our nurses and midwives are encouraged to raise these opportunities with their teams so they can create meaningful change at Monash Health.

  • How can we all support our nurses and midwives, this year and every year?

Nurses and midwives spend their career supporting other people, so it’s wonderful to think about how we can in turn support them. They keep patients safe, they change people’s lives. Taking the opportunity to express our thanks and gratitude for this is exceptionally important. I think it is also important to make time to listen to our nurses and midwives, their experiences and their ideas – there is so much we can all learn from listening to each other.

  • What’s your message to you nursing and midwifery colleagues this year?

I would like to sincerely thank all of our nurses and midwives for choosing this challenging but incredibly rewarding career. It takes a special kind of person to dedicate their life’s work to caring for others. Its takes intelligence, professionalism, confidence and a certain courage to advocate and care for our patients.

You matter and you make a huge difference to our community and to Monash Health.

  • Many nurses and midwives put all of themselves into their jobs, how do you look after yourself outside of work and what’s your advice to others?

It’s pretty simple advice but I think it’s important for all of us, regardless of what we do, to take the time outside of work to do things that make you happy.

For me, I enjoy gardening. I’m not the best at it but I love caring for my plants and when things don’t go well, helping them recover.

I’m also a mum so I really enjoying spending time with my family, whether that’s on holidays, at the movies or just going out for a coffee together.

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Thank you to Katrina for taking the time to give us you insights. You can hear from Katrina at one of the upcoming Nursing and Midwifery site interactive sessions, during March.



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