Celebrating 30 Years of Dedication: Kerrin Houston's Remarkable Journey at The Wesley Hospital

04 October 2023
The Wesley Hospital staff member assisting older lady walking on crutches.

In a world where healthcare professionals often go above and beyond, Kerrin Houston's three-decade-long commitment to The Wesley Hospital stands as a shining example of unwavering dedication and passion for her work.

As she celebrates 30 years of service at The Wesley Hospital, Kerrin's share her remarkable journey beginning in 1993 when she embarked on her nursing career at The Wesley Hospital as a Registered Nurse under the guidance of then Manager Rosie White.

Over the years, she progressed from a Level 1 Nurse to a Nurse Educator before eventually assuming the role of Clinical Nurse Manager.

One pivotal moment in the history of the ICU came in 1994 when it was split into two specialised departments: one for general ICU care and another catering specifically to cardiothoracic cases.

Kerrin took the reins of the cardiothoracic unit, overseeing more than 500 cases annually. Her leadership and expertise played a crucial role in the unit's success.

“In the year 2000, these two units were merged, and the ICU was relocated to the Moorlands Wing to accommodate the hospital's new operating theatres,” Kerrin said.

Speaking about her experiences in the ICU, Kerrin emphasises the challenging yet incredibly rewarding nature of the job.

“ICU nurses like her are trained to handle complex and challenging cases, constantly working together to find solutions and provide the best possible care for their patients,” she said.

“The field is dynamic, ever-evolving, requiring nurses to stay abreast of changes in medications, procedures, policies, and patient care protocols.”

One of the key factors contributing to the ICU's success is the dedication and experience of Kerrin's team, with many members having served for over a decade or more.

“Their collective skill and unwavering commitment to patient care make the unit exceptional,” she said.

Kerrin also acknowledges the invaluable support they receive from other hospital departments, which fosters a collegial atmosphere and enhances patient care.

Reflecting on some of the highlights of her journey, Kerrin shares moments that showcase the ICU team's exceptional dedication.

“In 2008, the team received a CEO Recognition Award, recognising their outstanding contributions. Another heart-warming achievement came in 2019 when we won the inaugural Full Circle Award for our support that allowed an unwell patient to attend her son's wedding,” she said.

Kerrin and her team go the extra mile, often facilitating special moments for patients and their families, even during challenging times.

Kerrin describes the journey as one they undertake together, making each patient's recovery a shared success.

She cherishes the moments when former patients return to the ICU to express their gratitude and show how well they are doing.

Recently, a patient gifted the team a painting he had created to commemorate his time in the ICU, a touching testament to the profound impact of their care.

Above all, Kerrin wants people to know that the ICU is not a daunting or intimidating place.

“It's a warm and welcoming environment staffed by dedicated professionals who are committed to delivering the best possible care to their patients,” she said

Kerrin's enduring dedication and the extraordinary work of her team at The Wesley Hospital's ICU serve as a beacon of hope and compassion for patients and families during their most challenging moments.

Here's to Kerrin Houston's remarkable 30-year journey of service, and to many more years of compassionate care ahead.

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