Behind the opening of any new physical space for patient care are the staff that will make the care happen, so here we introduce one of the leaders of the new hospital ward Sarah-Mae Glover.
Sarah thrives on being busy, positive team environments and delivering exceptional patient care, so we were lucky to grab a quick coffee with the recently appointed charge nurse manager (CNM) for the Older Person and Rehabilitation’s ward (OPR5).
The new 27-bed ward is due to open 4 September and Sarah’s busy helping to get it ready from rosters, organising plumbers to unpacking rather large boxes (while juggling her current role) as her excitement and plans for the ward roll quickly into place.
Where have you come from Sarah?
I currently work under the amazing Professional Development Unit as a nurse educator for the OPR service, working alongside nurse educator Paula von Holzen. I’m also part time in Surgical Orthopaedics supporting nurse educator Karyn Cunningham. These roles have helped consolidate my knowledge of the OPR services, as well as give me solid exposure to the orthopaedic services that Ward OPR5 will be establishing partnership with.
How long have you been at Waikato DHB?
I’ve worked within Waikato DHB for five years. I moved here from Tauranga to study nursing with goals of eventually working at Waikato Hospital.
My identified career pathway has always been that of a CNM. Prior to my success in this new role, along with my experience from the Professional Development Unit, I’ve also been on the registered nurse clinical leadership programme ‘Pebbles’, OPR’s High Performers Programme (potential to grow and access senior nursing pathways), and have been coordinator and acting CNM in the Acute Stroke Ward (OPR4).
What are you looking forward to with your new role?
This is an incredible opportunity for a wide variety of staff to come together with differing skill sets and experiences to build the OPR culture that is inclusive, engaging and, most significantly, a happy and healthy environment for every team member.
The OPR5 team is ready to go, and I’m already so proud and impressed by them, having met and interviewed a lot of the staff.
There’s great excitement surrounding the opening to increase Waikato Hospital’s ability to provide optimal care to patients and their whānau.