Aleisha Taylor

Southern Cross Healthcare

Baptism by fire – becoming an Infection Prevention Nurse during a global pandemic

Concurrent session: A reflection on the learnings and challenges of running a private surgical hospital infection prevention program during the global COVID 19 pandemic, my story of resilience, inspiration and growth, a young nurse who was literally “just bluffing it”.
This presentation will discuss my journey into infection prevention control. From beginnings as a keen hand hygiene auditor in the public health general medical sector to a fresh, inexperienced surgical ward nurse.
I was lucky enough to be brought into my role through a great mentorship position alongside a very experienced colleague. Two weeks before New Zealand entered level four she moved to another hospital in the network and I was flying solo.
I was thrust into the management team, full of people with great experience and great expectations and there I began my crazy sink or swim exercise.
I learned how to take criticism, positive feedback, celebrate triumphs and take the hard hits with a little more resilience. I became a jack of all trades and my husband of not even 4 months had to learn not to utter the word COVID when I returned home.
By sharing my journey I hope to inspire new practitioners, help relight the fire for those who have been in this role for a long time and to bring a reminder – the universe will never give you something you can’t handle!

Aleisha is a registered nurse with a background in general medicine. Her philosophy in life is to always take care of those around me and be kind. She takes her strong drive to look after those around me into my nursing and have a passion for improving patient care outcomes, preventing infection and understanding multi drug resistant organisms.
She’s currently a member of the IPCNC Committee as the membership co-ordinator and is thoroughly enjoying the learning opportunity that this brings. She is the IPC nurse for our 43 bed private surgical hospital in central Auckland with an awesome link team working alongside me.
In her spare time she lives on 15 acres in rural west Auckland with some other family members, a handful of sheep, a goat, my husband and my dog Bear. She enjoys cooking, loud music and spending time near the ocean.
This year her goal is to continue growing in my role and solidify her roots in Infection Control.


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