International Nurses Day – Meet Anthony Pham

On Friday 12 May, we are celebrating International Nurses Day! This year’s IND theme, “Our Nurses. Our Future.” shines the light on nurses and on a brighter future for nursing in order to address the global health challenges and improve global health for all. We need to learn from the lessons of the pandemic and translate these into actions for the future to ensure nurses are protected, respected and valued.

In the lead-up to the day we interviewed Anthony Pham, Director of Clinical Operations (DCO) in the Nursing and Midwifery Informatics program, at Tuesday’s Employee Forum. We then sat down and chatted with Anthony some more about his career in nursing and how it led him to working in informatics.

Anthony became a Nurse over 10 years ago and has found it a rewarding career. He loves the feeling of achieving good patient outcomes while fostering care and compassion in himself and others.

“Being a child of refugee parents, I figured that it was a good opportunity and a good profession to have both job stability but also an opportunity to give back to our community as well.

“Nursing is a very demanding profession, in both the work that we do and the hours we work. But we’re always able to put care and compassion first. This is why I’m proud to be a nurse.”

Throughout his career, Anthony has worked in a range of different roles, including Clinical Nurse Specialist, Associate Nurse Unit Manager (ANUM), Nurse Co-ordinator (NCO), Bed Manager and Operational Management. Through the career progression opportunities at Monash Health, Anthony is now a trailblazer in the emerging field of informatics, supporting and guiding clinicians in digital practice.

“I’ve always been interested in technology as a nurse. I’ve always thought to myself, how can we use technology to make our jobs easier but also to advertise all the hard work that we do”

Anthony credits the Monash Health career pathway structures, leaders and colleagues he’s worked with along the way for enabling him to forge a pathway in Nursing and Midwifery Informatics.

“Monash Health is a large public health service meaning we’ve got a lot of specialties that we provide care for. You’re never bored at Monash Health, there’s always an opportunity.

“We have very strong leaders and passionate leaders as well, which in turn helps fosters your growth.”

In the Nursing and Midwifery Informatics program, Anthony combines his clinical and operational knowledge with his interest in using technology and digital solutions. Anthony looks at how our health service can leverage the technologies to present information better, share information amongst clinicians and multidisciplinary teams, and enhance research and evidence-based .

“From an informatics perspective, we’re leveraging the technology to make the daily work easier. Whether it comes to seeing observations or assessments at a glance quicker or being able to extract all the care that we’ve provided at a monthly or a yearly level to show what we’ve done as a profession. I think that’s really beneficial.”

Anthony hopes future technological advancements will be more patient-centric and fit-for-purpose. He also hopes that technology becomes more user-friendly for nurses and midwives, making the best use of employees’ time in what can sometimes be a short-staffed environment.

“We can improve patient outcomes and embed evidence-based practice into that whole process. So the patient receives the best possible care.”

Thank you, Anthony, for sharing your story. Keep an eye out for more stories about our nurses for International Nurses Day.

 

Approved by Adjunct Professor Katrina Nankervis, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Executive Director, Nursing and Midwifery



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