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Practice Nurse Profile – Kate Whymark

26 July 2022
Practice Nurse Profile – Kate Whymark

An enjoyment of and great interest in people has seen Kate Whymark caring for patients all over the globe in her 22 years of nursing and experience in a range of different roles. Having worked as a practice nurse at Wollondilly Medical Centre for the past six years, she looks forward to every day being different and working with her patients to find the perfect solution to their problem.

How long have you been a practice nurse and how long have you been working in the Wollondilly LGA? 

I have been a nurse for 22 years and have worked across three continents and areas of nursing. I have been a practice nurse in the Wollondilly area for the past six years.

When/why did you decide to pursue a career in nursing and specifically in primary care?

I started nursing as I enjoyed caring for people and quickly found health care/disease was very interesting. After having my third child eight years ago, I decided to try a change and get into practice nursing. After many years of hospital work, I decided if teaching patients about prevention can help the outcome, then it’s worth investing my knowledge and care.

Tell us about the role of nurses in primary care

A usual day in the practice can vary from wound care (both chronic and acute), immunisation of adults and children (travel/scheduled vaccines), assessing and triaging patients who are unwell or after injury, general observations and ECGs. I also assist GPs with procedures and preventative health screening for immunisations, cervical screening and disease management.

I complement GPs by ensuring I have a broad knowledge of vaccine schedules and updates, as well as keeping up-to-date with the services available in the area and assisting with referral where needed. I assist with making sure the GPs’ patients are returning as needed for results and screenings. I help the GPs by saving them time and assisting with the set-up of procedures and attending to wound care and other duties to ensure the day can run smoothly with minimal disruptions.

What do you love about nursing/what do you find most fulfilling about your role?

I love that every day is different and every patient is not the same. I have found what works for one patient’s illness or problem may not work for another. I love caring for people and helping those who need it. I most definitely enjoy seeing patients’ illness/injury improve or be resolved.

Tell me about your ideal work day…

An ideal workday for me involves lots of coffee, keeping busy with patient care and seeing to a variety of patient care needs.

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

When I have spare time, I love to read books, go for walks, sample and trial essential oil blends I’ve made, and spend time with my family.

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

I help with patient education by having casual conversations and listening to patient problems on their level. I give advice on ways they can resolve issues which may be hindering their health. I often consult with their GP on needs arising or services I feel may be of help to the patient. I am always following up with patients after I have provided them with assistance to see how they are or how the services provided are going.

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