by Phung Lam, our 4Cyte pathology collection nurse.
When it comes to needles and blood, they are not everyone’s cup of tea. But for a pathology nurse, it’s all in a day’s work.
My pathology day starts at 8am. It’s quite an art to find the patient veins and draw blood, but we’re straight into it. One great pleasure in my job is that I enjoy having a chat with the patients, to connect with people from a culturally diverse community in the Northcote area. Thanks to these conversations, the patients focus less on the needle and yes, I got my job done as well!
All the blood samples are processed by the pathology nurse accordingly to the lab guide to make sure the samples will be ready for the courier to pick up and transport to the laboratory. Urgent samples will be treated with priority and the result will be sent to Turn The Corner in a timely manner.
The pathology nurse is an essential supporting role in the process of patient treatment. As part of the team at Turn The Corner and 4Cyte Pathology, I endeavour to provide the best possible service to our patients.