Hollywood Private Hospital nurses taking teamwork out of the ward and onto the trail
Aug 09, 2013
Four Hollywood DSU nurses are taking their team focus out of the wards and hitting the remote Western Australian bushland as part of the inaugural Oxfam Perth Trailwalk.
Starting in Kalamunda on the 8 October, Linda King, Fran Nicholson, Sheena Rooney and Elaine Dawson will join 350 teams and walk 100km in 48 hours along the Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail before tackling the northern most section of the iconic Bibbulmun Track.
The international event is both physically and mentally challenging with teamwork being one of the most important skills needed to get you to the finish line.
"We haven't done anything like this before. The training time required is already bringing us together as a team and strengthening our friendships. The event will also test our tolerance as you get very self-absorbed. For example when you get a massive blister on your foot it leaves little empathy towards your fellow walkers," Elaine said.
"Teamwork is one of the most important skills needed when working in healthcare and also is one of the Hollywood core values. Teamwork is what drives us as nurses and enables us to effectively help people, so we are all very lucky this skill comes naturally to us."
Not only is Oxfam Trailwalk a physical challenge it is also a rewarding fundraising challenge, with each team raising funds to support people living in poverty around the world.
"The team has collectively travelled through countries such as Africa, India, Nepal, Vietnam and Laos where poverty is the daily reality for many people," said Sheena.
"Having witnessed this poverty first hand, albeit from our privileged position as tourists, it makes you realise how lucky we are to live in Australia and that we are in a position to be able to do something to help fight against poverty."
Both Linda and Fran agree, "We believe if each of us takes small positive steps, together we can make some big changes."
Hollywood Private Hospital is proud to be associated with Oxfam Australia and has donated $600 to the group's fundraising efforts.
If you would like to make a donation to the DSU200 team please go to their fundraising page trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/team/home/12356
Hollywood Private Hospital is a modern, 659 bed state-of-the-art acute care hospital in Nedlands. The hospital is a part of Ramsay Health Care Group – Australia's largest private hospital operator.
Left to right: Linda King, Fran Nicholson, Sheena Rooney and Elaine Dawson.