Our nurses know that they can build their careers within a variety of medical and surgical specialties and that they will learn and grow while working in a challenging, innovative environment.
Nurses at Cabrini practice at any one of five campuses including our acute care hospitals in Malvern and Brighton, our palliative care centre in Prahran, our rehabilitation hospital in Elsternwick or our high/low level residential care facility in Ashwood.
Cabrini Emergency Department first opened in April 2002. It is a busy ED currently treating more than 23,000 patients per year. These include, medical, surgical and oncology patients and a large number of paediatric patients. The department has 28 treatment bays, including areas for resuscitation and monitoring and a Fast Track Unit which is equipped to care for sporting injuries, lacerations and minor health issues in a timely manner.
The department is equipped with the latest technology and patients have excellent access to radiology, pathology, cardiac catheterisation and other ancillary services. Staff are supported by in house educators and innovative education programs.
The Operating Suite houses 12 operating theatres, including a hybrid theatre, and twenty PACU beds in a spacious, modern environment. Providing a full range of surgical specialties, with over 1000 operations each month, every theatre is equipped with state-of-the-art technology including heart-lung machines, anaesthesia workstations, intra-operative computer systems and the latest laparoscopic and endoscopic equipment. A Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit of 20 monitored bays caters for all specialist requirements. This Department is strongly committed to education and professional development with education and support for: graduate nurses, undergraduate nursing students, Division 2 nurses, theatre technicians. Students are supported and their clinical practice facilitated by a Perioperative Clinical Facilitator.
Day Procedure Centre. The Centre provides endoscopic, surgical and laser treatments and a variety of surgical specialties including ophthalmic, urological, plastic and oral surgery. Equipped with advanced technology, all areas are fitted with hydraulic pendant systems that elevate equipment to eye level. Nurses are encouraged to work in all areas to broaden their skills and knowledge of the Day Procedure Centre. A perioperative educator and preceptors are available to assist with educational and on-going professional development.
Central Sterilising Supply Department (CSSD). CSSD has the latest technology including an air-glide decontamination system, significantly reducing manual handling. Large assembly and storage areas provide an optimum working environment. All staff are fully supported by a perioperative educator to provide orientation and in-service education.
Nursing at Cabrini second acute care hospital in Brighton is multi-faceted. Nurses are trained across a wide range of specialities including:
Headed by its own Director of Nursing, teamwork is the hallmark of nursing at Cabrini Brighton. Each nurse may be rostered to work in either the overnight ward or the Short Stay Unit and may well care for several patients, all with different conditions. The work is both challenging and rewarding, and nurses are supported by Cabrini’s range of educational options and its mentorship program.
The Cabrini Children's Centre often surprises young patients because of its colourful and innovative décor. Specifically designed to make children and their families feel at ease, the patient rooms are well appointed with TV, DVD and video services available to each bed, as well as to the playroom and the post-operative lounge. Excellent facilities allow for parents to stay overnight. Doctors’ consulting suites are adjacent to the Centre. The Centre caters for most specialties, except Neurosurgery, Oncology and Cardiology. The majority of patients are admitted for elective surgery or via the Emergency Department. The Centre’s nurses are paediatrics trained and qualified. Students and graduates also rotate through the Centre
The Maternity Unit at Cabrini Hospital Malvern has four birthing rooms, 25 postnatal beds, a Level 2 SCN with twelve cots. A variety of programs are offered to women and families in prenatal education, birthing, postnatal and parenting care. Midwives work closely with the Obstetricians to provide the highest quality care. Skilled midwives preceptor the junior staff and enhance clinical placements for midwifery students and undergraduate nurses. Midwives have the opportunity to work in all areas of the Maternity Unit and a structured education program is offered to all nurses.
Cabrini’s Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory performs over 2000 procedures a year. More than 17 cardiologists, representing diagnostic, interventional and electrophysiology cardiology, have regular sessions within the Laboratory. Elective services are offered Monday to Friday however a 24 hour on-call service is available to support the Emergency Department, the Intensive Care Unit and the Coronary Care Unit.
The Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory team comprises critical care nurses who have gained extensive experience working within this arena, together with cardiac technologists and radiographers. New staff are provided with educational support and training packages, and a mentor to assist them in their transition.
Cardio Thoracic Ward. The 32-bed Cardiothoracic Ward includes an eight bed fully-monitored High Dependency Unit with provision for telemetry in the Ward. The nursing team are dedicated to delivering a high standard of evidence-based patient care. The nurses have a broad range of cardiac and thoracic expertise and are committed to improving both their knowledge and skill. The Unit provides a supported learning environment for all levels of nursing staff.
Medical Cardiology Ward. The 25-bed Medical Cardiology Ward is complete with 16-bed telemetry capability. Patients are generally admitted with CCF, chest pain, or arrhythmias for investigation. However, other medical and/or surgical patients are also cared for as required. A four bed short stay admission unit is also part of the ward. The nursing team includes the nurse manager, associate nurse managers, CNS’s, Division1 and 2 nurses, a unit receptionist and ward assistants. Learning opportunities and support are available through preceptorship and clinical supervision. The roster system is unit-based and is generally self-rostering, however, a dedicated person ensures that there is an appropriate staff mix on each shift. The team is rotated through AM, PM and some ND shifts.
Coronary Care Unit (CCU). The Coronary Care Unit is equipped with 18 monitored beds and works in conjunction with the Emergency Department, the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory and the other cardiac wards. CCU nurses offer integrated care for patients with acute cardiac emergencies including heart attacks, pre- and post-angiogram, angioplasty and pacemaker/AICD procedural patients, rhythm monitoring, full haemodynamic pressure monitoring, IABP, inotropic drug support, heart failure management and other cardiac emergencies. They also care for patients who have high-risk post-operative surgery, complicated by cardiac event, or arrhythmias. The Coronary Care Unit also provides nursing staff for the 24 hour cover of MET call and Code Blue within the hospital. All patients are encouraged to participate in a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and are referred to a program either at Cabrini or closer home. The Coronary Care Unit works with cardiac rehabilitation staff to ensure follow-up care to increase quality of life and a change in lifestyle patterns to maintain cardiac progress after discharge. Nursing staff avail themselves of mentorship and competency based programs led by the Unit’s senior staff. All staff have responsibility for a portfolio allowing them to drive change management in coronary care.
Providing care and life support to patients who are either seriously ill, at risk of developing complications or recovering from major surgery, the 16-bed Unit offers a full range of Level 3 adult intensive care services. Catering for in-patients, emergency admissions and transfers from other facilities, ICU is staffed and equipped to manage patients post-cardiac and other major surgery, respiratory failure, complex neurological/neurosurgical problems, sepsis, renal failure and multiple organ failure. Specialised nursing staff trained and certified in Critical Care are dedicated to the care of each patient. An ICU Fellow is present 24 hours a day and is responsible for medical care in partnership with an Intensivist.
The 30-bed Medical Oncology Ward is supported by a team of medical oncologists and haematologists. Admissions comprise elective and emergency patients with a variety of oncological conditions, ranging from elective chemotherapy through to palliative care, requiring both simple and complex intervention. Patient support is enhanced by a telephone triage system, enabling contact with staff 24-hours a day to discuss concerns and provide advice. The team is a committed and dedicated group of specialist trained staff with a broad and varied range of expertise in all areas of medical oncology/haematology. Nursing students and graduate nurses are offered opportunities to develop skills in a supportive teaching environment.
There are two Day Oncology Units at Cabrini − at Cabrini Hospital Malvern and Cabrini Hospital Brighton. In an outpatient setting both Units provide chemotherapy and supportive treatments for patients with cancer. More than 23,000 patients per annum receive day oncology treatments. The dedicated team of nurses participate in on-going professional development programs
A range of speciality services are offered across the surgical wards, with a focus on improving the patient flow and experience via short stay and long stay models of care. Each ward offers a friendly environment with a strong team focus, formal and informal educational opportunities are available and nurses are encouraged to increase their knowledge and skills in specialist areas. Preceptorship is offered to new staff, Graduate Nurses and students.
The purpose-built palliative care centre houses 22 single rooms, and is supported by a team of skilled doctors, nurses, pastoral and social workers, chaplains, counsellors, dietitians, pharmacists and physiotherapists. The Palliative HomeCare Service operates from Cabrini Prahran. Palliative care nurse specialists are available on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week providing care, support and education to patients and families. Palliative care physicians provide a consultancy service in conjunction with the doctors involved in patient care.
Aged care nurses at Cabrini Ashwood provide care and quality of life for older people who are no longer able to live in their own home. Cabrini residential aged care offers nurses opportunities to use all their clinical and interpersonal skills to ensure residents’ physical and mental health is optimised and promoted. Residents living at Ashwood have a variety of medical conditions and co-morbidities that require advanced nursing skills including Parkinson’s disease, dementia, end-stage cancers, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, diabetes and frailty related to the ageing process. Aged care nurses use their extensive skills and experience to assess technical and specialised care requirements including nutrition, pain, skin integrity, continence, cognition, behaviours, and sensory loss. The information gathered from assessments is used to develop and implement comprehensive holistic care plans in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, which consists of general practitioners, physiotherapists, lifestyle assistants, pastoral care practitioners, pharmacist and other external allied health and specialist consultants. Nurses encourage, support and assist residents to retain their personal, civic, legal and consumer rights and to achieve active control of their own lives within the residential care facility and in the community.
Cabrini Rehabilitation in Elsternwick offers rehabilitation with high quality nursing care and in-patient and out-patient programs. Rehabilitation may follow joint replacement surgery, spinal injury or surgery, trauma due to accident or falls, car or work injury, stroke or neurological conditions. The 74-bed hospital offers individualised, comprehensive treatment aimed at restoring patients to optimum mobility. The clinical team includes a rehabilitation physician, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation case managers, registered nurses and allied health professionals including speech pathologists. Cabrini Rehabilitation is furnished with exercise equipment, hydrotherapy pool, occupational therapy kitchen and a mobility garden.