Lee Wakeman has been a registered nurse blood collector for NSW Health Pathology for just over a year and is enjoying a welcome change of pace from her previous role in emergency nursing.
After nine years in nursing, Lee Wakeman brings a wealth of experience to her role at NSW Health Pathology’s collection service at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital.
“I worked in mental health and forensics as a new grad for the first 18 months of my career, where I gained experience that would help me transition into my new role as an emergency nurse,” she said.
“I worked in emergency for six years, gaining lots of experience and many skills over the years, like triage and resuscitation skills.”
Lee says her work at NSW Health Pathology allows her to collaborate with doctors, other nurses, and staff within the laboratory.
“My role now is to be a team leader and collect and coordinate the pathology collections throughout John Hunter Hospital, including the paediatric wards,” she explains.
“I really enjoy working in pathology, the hours are great, working autonomously and within a team, meeting lots of new people, making new friendships and you get the opportunity to get to know the patients.”
Lee also keeps her clinical skills up to date by working casually in a Post Anaesthesia Care Unit (PACU), otherwise known as the recovery unit, in a local private hospital.
“I love that you can work in so many different areas within nursing and there is so many opportunities to learn and progress.”
Lee enjoys helping people and making a difference in their lives, no matter how big or small, during a time that is difficult in theirs.
“It’s a very dynamic and challenging field to work in. But even the bad times have helped me improve my practices and made me a better nurse.
“I have also made some of the best friends of my life whilst working as a nurse.
“Outside of work I love to travel, go out for nice food and wine, see my friends and family.”
Lee says she’s still learning new skills all the time and would recommend a career in collections.
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