21 November 2022
Kathy Davey

Practice nurse Kathy Davey has worked in the Macarthur area of South Western Sydney for more than 40 years as a nurse across a number of roles in practice and primary care. Read more about Kathy’s role in her practice, Camden Central Family Practice, and why she enjoys the work she does.

How long have you been a practice nurse and how long have you been working in South Western Sydney?

I have been working in the Macarthur area for the past 41 years. I grew up in Campbelltown, I left home at 17 and started a live-in nurses training course at Concord Repatriation Hospital.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in nursing/primary care?

I started working at Camden Hospital in 1981, before the new Campbelltown Hospital was built. I have been consistently registered with AHPRA for 41 years.

Over the years I have worked in the operating theatre and surgical and medical nursing wards in the public and private system, and recently (12 years) in private practice. I became a practice nurse to get some work/life balance.

What do you love about nursing and being a practice nurse? What is the biggest challenge of the role?

Working with people is my passion and helping people improve their health is very rewarding. I have many patients who I regard as friends. This makes my job very easy. Time is always the enemy but I always try to fulfil my workload with the best care I can give.

How do you help educate your patients about maintaining good health?

Encouraging healthy eating and exercise, and maintaining regular medication compliance are part of my day-to-day duties, as well as dressing wounds and assisting the doctor with surgical procedures, which I enjoy.

Tell me about your ideal workday!

A good workday would be caring for some of my most delightful patients and making a difference in their lives.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

My hobbies are sewing and also caring for my two beautiful granddaughters.