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Nurse in the spotlight: Liza Celica Salvacion

Let us continue to celebrate our incredible nurses, shining the spotlight on Liza Celica Salvacion from our Theatres.

We continue to acknowledge our nurses for the World Health Organisation's 2020 international year of the nurse and midwife, profiling the talented scrub/scout nurse from our theatre team, Liza.

Nurse in the spotlight: Liza Celica Salvacion.

A nurse of 10 years with the last 4 of those years working at Mulgrave Private Hospital, the talented Liza exudes great passion for her profession and continual growth and is a valuable member of the Mulgrave team.

Liza describes what being a nurse means to her as an honour; "we nurses are present during the most private milestones of our patients' lives. It is part of our daily life to witness them in their most vulnerable moments - their happiness, pain and sufferings;we are given the honour to share it with them and their families. Being a nurse also gives me a greater meaning and sense of purpose in my life and makes me appreciate life by looking at the bigger picture, and being aware that everything we do, no matter how minute or insignificant it may seem, can have a huge impact on people's lives."

Especially now that we are in the middle of a pandemic, I can clearly see the impact of health care workers to the lives of many. That feeling of being able to make a difference, I would not exchange for anything in the world.
  • What inspired you to be a nurse? Like many 16 year old's, I did not know which pathway I wanted to take. I decided to take up nursing because my best friends wanted to pursue this field, so I thought, 'why not join the bandwagon!' Despite it starting that way, it has been one of the best decisions of my life. I remember vividly one early patient of mine, who was diagnosed with diabetes and had a big wound on his foot that was not healing. I could sense that the patient was losing hope, but being surrounded by medical professionals, who were present for him, listening and talking to him and displaying empathy for what he was experiencing, gave him a sense of hope that meant he decided to continue living a quality life despite his condition. As simple as it may seem, that experience sparked joy in my heart. I was one of the people who made a difference to a person?s life, and for me that is something to be treasured.

    It has been difficult to live independently away from my home country but my coworkers here in Mulgrave Private Hospital have become a family to me, which makes living abroad a tad bit more bearable. I have loved this career more than ever because apart from being able to save lives, all the people that I get to work with and meet everyday are amazing. I truly appreciate the respect given to one another despite our individual and cultural differences. I love the working atmosphere as we share a common goal to provide a safe and high standard of care to our patients.
  • What do you enjoy most about your job? Each specialty that I have been assigned to has its own challenges. This has been part of my learning experience, especially now that I am working in the theatre as a scrub/scout nurse. It develops my critical thinking, adaptability, and interpersonal skills in a fast-paced and highly stressful environment. I enjoy learning from my daily experience and from my colleagues who play a significant role in my growth as a nurse. It has been difficult to live away from my home country but my coworkers here have become family to me, making living abroad a tad bit more bearable. I truly appreciate the respect given to one another despite individual and cultural differences. I love the working atmosphere as we share a common goal to provide a safe and high standard of care to our patients.
  • Tell us about your nursing journey and experiences: Liza worked in the Philippines for 6 years before volunteering in provincial hospitals and having a district hospital see her potential and give her an opportunity, which was invaluable experience. Liza explains, "I am forever grateful to God and to all the people I have come across since the day I chose nursing as my profession, especially to my family who has been most supportive of my own endeavours".
  • What are your proudest nursing achievements? After attaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and working for 6 years in her home country, Liza took the leap of faith to come to Australia, completing the bridging program for nurses and receiving her registration in 2015. 'Mulgrave Private Hospital believed in my capabilities and for that, I am thankful. I was also given the chance to complete my postgraduate in Perioperative Nursing with full scholarship granted by the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN). Additionally, I received an Employee of the Month award in 2019.' Another proud memory is of a patient who had a cardiac arrest when I was assigned as a volunteer nurse in the Philippines. I was instructed to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The patient survived and it was one of the most fulfilling moments to help save a person who was in a life-and-death situation.

    "Nursing brought me to different places. But differences in each setting have not changed what I have always believed;my heart is for making a difference and uplifting the lives of my patients and other people,and I know it will always be. I am still learning day by day - not just in the field of nursing, but in life in general and this will always be part of the process to grow as an individual."

Mulgrave Private Hospital is privileged to have Liza's strong work ethic, energy and passion for continual learning. Liza enjoys her role and is an integral member of the team and we are lucky to have her.