Member of the Moment
CNSA would like to introduce the member of the moment Belinda Zielony (NSW).
Where do you work?
I work at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, in Camperdown, NSW as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Gynaecological Oncology.
How did you get into Cancer Nursing?
When I was a recently graduated Registered Nurse, I felt it was important to work in different areas of nursing to gain a wider skill set. I gained a position in the Gynaecology and Gynaecology Oncology Ward at Westmead Hospital in NSW. I really enjoyed working in this area of surgical nursing and found it incredibly interesting. I developed a lot of knowledge and skills whilst working there. I had a fantastic role model and mentor whilst working in this area, Tish Lancaster. Tish was and is very inspiring and so knowledgeable, and this was definitely a defining moment in shaping my career in women’s health and cancer nursing.
What do you love most about your job?
I have to say that I work with a phenomenal team of health care professionals; in which we all have the same focus of providing the highest standard of care to women with gynaecological malignancies. I also meet amazing women and their families each and every day. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to be able advocate for and support these women in some way through their cancer journey.
What are some of the challenges you face?
I would have to say my biggest challenge as a nurse is time. Not having enough time, means a massive balancing act every moment of my working day. Time is also my greatest resource, so using time wisely and working smarter is the key.
What are the skills you need for your role?
Having a sound knowledge base of women’s health and gynaecological malignancies definitely helps. Keeping up with the latest research findings to assist in evolving and providing optimal patient care and evidence based nursing practices is important. As well as good triaging, communicating, listening and time management skills. Lastly, a pair of comfortable shoes is a must.
What is the best piece of advice you would give to a junior nurse who wants to gain the skills to work in a similar role?
Observation of and listening to your patients is paramount. We have two ears and two eyes, yet only one mouth. So why do we use them so disproportionately?