9 July 2024

Grampians Health Horsham Wimmera Base Hospital’s new Emergency Department manager is impressed with the high standard of care her team provides to the community.

Now into her second month as nurse unit manager for the first point of care for many in the hospital, Rebecca Bolzon was full of praise for her team.

“They are well-drilled - a very professional and high functioning team which has been so helpful for me while I settle into my role,” Ms Bolzon said.

“They work extremely hard with the pressures they have in Emergency on a daily basis.”

Ms Bolzon said she had worked a few shifts on the floor with her team and had experienced their capabilities first-hand.

“I enjoy working on the floor and supporting the team where I can,” she said.

“It’s important for me to do that because I have a better understanding of the challenges they face each day and at the same time it keeps my practical skills up.

Ms Bolzon transferred to Grampians Health Horsham from its Stawell campus where she spent three years as nurse unit manager of Urgent care and Acute Care before moving into clinical education. Even during her teaching role, she kept her hand in emergency nursing by working regular shifts in the Intensive Care Unit at the Ballarat campus.

Ms Bolzon said she felt well supported in her new position.

“It’s not just the team I work with, but Grampians Health provides support from both a medical and nursing perspective,” she said.

“Emergency consultants Dr Peter Carter and Dr Amanda Lishman have been coming up once a week and their input has been important.

“It’s not just the nurses that have made me welcome though. It’s been everyone - even the cafeteria team have gone the extra step and started stocking almond milk for me.”

Ms Bolzon lives at Stawell with her family and travels to Horsham each day.

“I’m happy with the drive. In the morning, I drink my coffee and listen to the news and on the way home the drive is my down time because it takes me at least 20 minutes for my brain to stop thinking about work.”

Horsham ED NUM
Rebecca Bolzon has been appointed the Nurse Unit Manager of Emergency
Department at Grampians Health Horsham Wimmera Base Hospital.