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
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
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
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
"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.