Nurse efforts praised

Nurse efforts praised

Senior Millicent registered nurse Alice Brennan has relinquished an important role after 15 years of voluntary service.

She provides a range of roles across the Millicent and District Hospital site as a theatre recovery nurse, domiciliary midwife and infection prevention and control nurse.

Ms Brennan has also represented the facility’s 140 employees on the Millicent Health Advisory Council since 2008.

The council’s presiding member Dr Kevin McGrath announced at last week’s annual general meeting that Ms Brennan would be stepping down and the process was under way to choose a successor.

Health Advisory Council member Moira Neagle described her contribution to the body as a “tremendous effort”.

Ms Brennan took the opportunity to urge the Millicent Health Advisory Council to secure additional car parking.

She said the current situation meant there were trip hazards at night and nominated some nearby areas which could provide car parking.

“It needs addressing so keep at it,” Ms Brennan said.

Her remarks prompted vigorous debate at the meeting with suggestions to lobby such politicians as Independent MP Nick McBride and Health Minister Chris Picton.

Ms Brennan was a finalist in the Quiet Achiever category in the 2022 annual Limestone Coast Local Health Network awards.

Her award citation revealed the extent of her commitment to her patients and colleagues.

“Ms Brennan is always willing to provide that extra service to anyone who requires assistance, working back frequently, coming in on days off to ensure that services are accessible to the community,” stated the citation.

“With an increase in her workload for the infection prevention and control role, Ms Brennan has had a steep learning curve in the aged care space, but has taken this in her stride and led the facility in the COVID outbreaks with a calm and steadfast approach.”

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