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QSuper celebrates Juiced TV’s first hospital superheroes.
To patients Lilly and Harry, Nurses Craig and Cara are the greatest superheroes.
The Queensland Children’s Hospital nurses are the first to be recognised in Juiced TV’s Super Hero Awards program, presented in partnership with QSuper.
Nurse Craig was nominated by Lilly, aged 6. Craig cared for Lilly during 28 brain surgeries.
“Craig is the best nurse, he makes me smile when I am sad or in pain. He plays the best games and we have the best tea parties. I want to say a big thank you to Craig and the other nurses,” Lilly said.
Craig, who has been a nurse for five years and was previously a pre-school teacher, said it was important to empathise with what kids and families are going through when they’re in hospital.
“If I had a message for other people in the hospital, it would be ‘just slow down!’ … there’s little people who are probably really scared, and there are mums and dads who are really scared – it’s our job to look after them,” he said.
Nurse Cara joined Queensland Children’s Hospital in February 2015, as a Bachelor of Nursing graduate. She had previously worked in medical administration and for the Australian Red Cross emergency services.
Harry, 11, always looked forward to seeing Cara when he was admitted to the oncology ward as “she kept the ship steady sailing and made sure it didn’t sink.”
Harry’s mum, Natasha said she couldn’t have gotten through Harry’s eight months in hospital without Cara.
“All the nurses were great, but the reason Harry and I both voted for Cara was that she just went that extra mile. Her clinical skills are just above and beyond, which made us feel so safe,” she said.
Cara was surprised and flattered to learn of her nomination.
“I thought it was so beautiful that both Harry and his mum thought that way about me. My biggest goal is to make a positive impact to any family I come in contact with,” Cara said.
QSuper is proud to support Juiced TV’s efforts in recognising Queensland’s unsung heroes.
QSuper CEO Michael Pennisi said Juiced TV takes real action to support the wellbeing of patients and workers in Queensland’s healthcare sector.
“At QSuper we are focused on improving our members’ wellbeing while mirroring the value our members place on serving the community. In our own respective ways we are focused on creating long-term benefits for the communities in which we live and serve,” he said.
The awardees continue to be announced via Juiced TV’s program, made by the kids in hospital, for the kids in hospital. View the episode featuring Nurse Craig and the episode introducing Nurse Cara.
QSuper and Juiced TV are partnering to recognise Queensland’s unsung Superheroes, the medical and support staff who selflessly dedicate themselves to the wellbeing of kids in hospital.
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