Introducing Wound Innovations staff: Sharon Whalley – Nurse Practicioner Candidate.
Tell us a little bit about your professional background?
I am currently doing my Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) course through the University of Newcastle, which I will complete in December 2018. I did my undergraduate degree in nursing at the University of Western Sydney many years ago. I have worked as both a clinical nurse and educator for over 20 years in intensive care units in Australia and overseas (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bermuda). I then completed my certificate in Rural and Isolated Practice Endorsed Registered Nursing (RIPERN) and worked in remote and isolated communities across Queensland for six years. In 2009, I moved to northern NSW and started working for a community health service as a community nurse. This is when I developed my interest in chronic wound management. I went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Wound Care through Monash University. I have a Certificate lV in Workplace training and Assessment. I worked as a Nurse Educator for many years with community nurses to develop skills and knowledge around chronic wound management.
What attracted you to work at Wound Innovations?
- The opportunity to be involved in an exciting new concept in the management of chronic wounds.
- The clinic has the potential to improve the quality of life for people who live with chronic wounds.
- The opportunity to work in a transdisciplinary team and develop skills and knowledge by sharing these amongst the team is very exciting.
What is your favourite aspect of working for WI?
I love working with our team of clinicians, administration staff and management. There is a real commitment to improving outcomes for people living with chronic wounds. I love being able to make a difference to people’s lives by working collaboratively with the patient and our team. I love the opportunity to learn from each of the team members and develop my skills so that we can achieve better patient outcomes.
If you could give one piece of advice to your clients, what would it be?
I think many people live unnecessarily with wounds because it is a common belief that developing a wound is a normal part of the aging process, this is not true. My advice is that most wounds can be treated effectively by implementing evidenced based care so if people have a wound that is not healing then they should seek advice and treatment from a wound care clinician.
What’s one thing about you not many people know?!
I live on 5 acres with my partner Neil, Tilly our stumpy tailed blue heeler (who has just applied for a modelling job), our three chickens (Agnes, Beatrice and Clarissa) and our bees (which don’t have names, but give us lovely honey). We have an extensive vegetable garden and orchard, which supplies us with most of our food. My goal is to go completely off grid, have a cow and become pretty much self-sufficient in food production.