A St George and Sutherland Hospital renal nurse has made an incredible
difference to renal patients and their families …. and her work has won national
Dr Shelley Tranter, a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Hospitals’ Renal
Department has won the prestigious ‘Operation Angel’ Award at the 40th
anniversary celebrations of Kidney Health Australia in Sydney, which was held
Dr Tranter – who has 28 years experience in renal nursing – was one of 10 people
from across the State, and one of 40 people Australia-wide, who were inducted
into the ‘Operation Angel’ Awards.
The ‘Operation Angel’ Program seeks to recognise and promote the extraordinary
work and care carried out by those who make a difference to people living with
the burden of kidney disease.
Chronic kidney disease is responsible for the highest number of hospital visits
to public hospitals in Australia. In 2005/2006 one third of all admissions to
public hospitals were due to dialysis – this equates to 2000 admissions each
Director of St George and Sutherland Hospital Renal Service, Professor Mark
Brown, said that Dr Tranter, who has a Doctorate in Nursing, was a dedicated
Nephrology Nurse Consultant.
“Dr Tranter has made a great difference to patients and their families through
conducting pre-dialysis education clinics and by providing continual support
throughout their journey,” Professor Brown said.
“I have worked with Dr Tranter for 20 years and she is a great example to all
other renal nurses,” he said.
Dr Tranter works closely with nursing staff to advance their professional
development, including the facilitation of several Practice Development groups
within the unit. These groups assist nursing staff to explore their practice in
order to improve the delivery of care and patient outcomes.
She is also involved in the Haemodialysis Models of Care Project which focuses
on changing the health care environment in haemodialysis by developing nursing
and patient care practices.
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