About Ben

Ben Minnis is a Registered Nurse working in the Emergency Department at Mater Public Hospital in Brisbane. He has been a nurse for more than 17 years.

Ben Minnis 

 
Eighteen years ago, as a new Graduate Nurse, I recall being shocked that I could administer Panadol without supervision. 
 
Since then my career has taken me from a ward in South Brisbane to AusMAT tents in the Northern Territory and further afield, from leading a team in an Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone to managing an Emergency Department back in Brisbane. 
 
I have many memories and faced many challenges.
 
As an Orthopaedic new grad, I recall receiving a multi-trauma patient from ICU who was battling to save his legs and having to learn to walk again. Months later as I was leaving that ward, he was back to have the pins removed from his legs – he made it.
 
I recall cradling a young boy inflicted with Ebola, alone, in a tent full of strangers because none of his family had survived – he died, though not entirely alone.  These are sobering memories.
 
One of my biggest challenges, however, has been to step away from the bedside, losing that ability to affect a patient’s journey.  
 
Although I now relish being able to lead a group of nurses who can also positively affect a patient’s journey, and their own. 

 
 

 

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