SOS Nursing Christchurch

About SOS Nursing

Sharon been nursing for over 38 years and has been working with children and young adults for the past 23 years. Sharon’s nursing back ground is in Burns, Plastic Surgery and Wound Care. Her passion is for nursing the young, but she is very happy to see any person of any age that has a burn or wound injury.

Sharon works as a Paediatric Nurse at Christchurch Hospital in a busy surgical ward and as an Outreach Nurse overseeing the care of children who have the rare skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). Part of her role is to keep these children infection free and out of hospital. Sharon is also the Wound Resource Nurse for the Child Health division.

SharonSharon started her SOS Nursing business in 2006 as she believed there was community service delivery gap for the children and young adults of Christchurch. Children that were being discharged from hospital to the community were being seen by nurses that focused on mainly adult/elderly care. Sharon saw a need for a family focused service that could be more flexible around the family needs.

Sharon holds several private contracts; one with DEBRA NZ caring for children and adults in the South Island and Lower North Island with the rare skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa.                  For more information please see www.debra.org.nz

Sharon is married to Bruce and they have 3 children who are all now young adults plus two grandchildren. When Sharon’s children were growing up they would often say to her, that they wished she wasn’t a nurse because she was always over protective. Sharon’s motto is one of 'prevention is better than cure' and she is constantly looking for ways to avoid harm. Such harm could be avoiding trauma for a child going into hospital to have an operation.

In 2002 Sharon was involved with writing a book titled ‘Going to Hospital’ a book for children and the making of a DVD about having an operation at Christchurch hospital. She helped produce a website for Child Health and both these resources can be found looking on the Canterbury District Health Board website www.cdhb.govt.nz.

Sharon holds several professional memberships, these being;

  • New Zealand Nurses Organisation 
  • New Zealand Wound Care Society and is currently the Canterbury Interim Area Co-orinator 
  • Australia and New Zealand Burns Association
  • New Zealand Nurses for Children and Young Persons of Aotearoa
  • New Zealand Dermatology Nurses Society

SOS Nursing offers pre-operative teaching sessions to children who are about to go to hospital for an operation and a hard copy of the book 'Going to Hospital' is given to the child to keep along with some operating theatre dress up clothes.

SOS Nursing has expanded its service deliverly to also see adult client with wound care needs and is able to accept a self referral from a family member or other health professionals.

 

Testimonials

I strongly support your plan to undertake this service. I know of quite a number of small children and their families who would be greatly helped by a well trained Pae... Sally Langley FRACS - Plastic and Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon, Christchurch

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SOS Nursing Christchurch
SOS Nursing Christchurch