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Biography: Kate Snedker
Friday, 06 June 2008 18:01

I started my nursing career 23 years ago as a student nurse at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  After four years here I left Charlies to pursue nursing in some other hospitals and in the community around Perth. I left Perth to see the world in the early 90’s and along the way I married and had 2 beautiful children. Before returning full time to nursing I worked as a practice nurse and obtained a Bachelor of Arts (with distinction and as a member of the Vice Chancellor’s list). In 2002 I returned ‘home’ to SCGH and began working on the orthopaedic/neurosurgical ward G51 where I am now the Clinical Nurse Specialist. In the years that I have been working on G51 I have completed a Post Graduate certificate in clinical nursing for which I was awarded the prize for best student in orthopaedics and I am currently working towards a Masters of Clinical Nursing with a view to constructing my Masters project around some aspect of Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery. Although I am relatively new to Functional Neurosurgery my team and I have been working hard to build on our knowledge by attending ‘Neurodiscovery Seminars’, liaising with and learning from Chris Lind and Meg Thorburn (the Movement Disorder CNC), researching and reading widely and gaining practical experience with the Functional Neurosurgery patients that we care for on the ward. My team and I are very enthusiastic about this exciting new field in which we have been given the privilege of becoming involved and we look forward to a long and advantageous affiliation with Functional Neurosurgery both for the health professionals involved and for the patients whose lives we are striving to improve.