Fostering a nurse graduate to a manager

Starting as a graduate nurse, Susanna Murphy is now a Nurse Service Manager at St John of God Subiaco Hospital and says her passion for cancer care has kept her at the hospital. 

21 Oct 2022

Thirteen years ago, Susanna Murphy came to St John of God Subiaco Hospital as a graduate nurse in paediatrics.

After moving to the oncology ward for six months, she realised she had found her passion and made the decision to stay.

Susanna completed her postgraduate specialisation in oncology nursing and went on to complete a masters in nursing education, supported by St John of God Subiaco Hospital. 

She became manager of the hospital’s oncology ward in 2017, before being appointed to the role of Nurse Service Manager of Oncology and Medical Services in 2021.

“Rather than looking at one part of a patient’s experience, I now get to oversee the whole patient journey and am working towards making our oncology service even more seamless for patients and caregivers,” she said.

“It’s my dream job because I am so passionate about what I do and believe that we deliver cancer care and services exceptionally well here.”

As a growth industry, Susanna believes that being a part of the oncology team is a phenomenal experience and is exceptionally proud of her team.

“Working here is a very special experience and we really do look after our caregivers,” she said. 

“We are aware of our caregivers being people outside of work and supporting our caregivers in whatever they’re passionate about because happy caregivers provide much better and safer care for our patients.

“I think the beauty of working in oncology is that we know exactly what’s going on in the lives of our patients and fellow caregivers, and that’s a really special relationship to be part of.”

Susanna said that what sets St John of God Subiaco Hospital apart is that you’re not just about a number or the job you fill, it’s about who you are and what makes you unique in that role.

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