Meet our nurses: Sugar Glider

Did you know that a Sugar Glider can jump the length of a football field?

While our Sugar Glider nurses might not be able to, they are pretty amazing!

The dedicated team of nurses on Sugar Glider ward care for kids with a variety of clinical conditions such as bronchiolitis, croup and asthma through to chronic conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis. They also care for children who have had a tracheostomy.

To find out more, we asked Cory and Sarah to tell us what life is like as a Sugar Glider nurse.

Sugar Glider nurses Cory and Sarah
Sugar Glider nurses Cory and Sarah

How is Sugar Glider different from the other wards?

Cory: On Sugar Glider we look after everyone from neonates to teenagers. Our main bed cards are general medical, respiratory and developmental medicine, but we also see some oncology, cardiac and neurological patients.

Sarah: Sugar Glider is different to other wards in that we look after patients who may need some extra help with their breathing. We can offer both short term respiratory support and sometimes, if a patients needs it, we can help train families and patients to go home with machines to help their breathing.

Can you tell us about the type of patients you care for:

Sarah: We care for a broad range of patients, however Sugar Glider mostly sees general medical, developmental medicine and respiratory patients.

What attracted you to working at the RCH and on Sugar Glider specifically?

Cory: I had a placement on Sugar Glider as a nursing student and found  the staff and our patients/families to be great. With such a wide range of medical specialties on our ward you learn something new every shift.

Sarah: I love nursing and I love children. I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to pursue a career at RCH. I love the broad range of patients we see on Sugar Glider and I enjoy the complexity of respiratory patients.

Why did you decide to get into nursing?

Cory: I came late to the nursing world. I wanted a change of career where I could use my interpersonal skills to help people, and with nursing you’re doing that to a demographic that well and truly require that extra bit of TLC – both the patients and their families.

Sarah: I love working with people, I wanted a job that would allow me to be hands on. I enjoy working in an environment where I constantly have the opportunity to see and do something new, and I love learning about the human body.

What is the most rewarding thing about your role?

Cory: For me, it’s educating families and helping them understand their child’s disease. It can be a daunting experience for them to see their child with various lines, tubes and probes attached, and through education and support it becomes much less scary for all involved.

Sarah: Establishing a relationship with my patients and their families and successfully being their advocate.

What do you do to relax after a long shift?

Cory: I unwind with food, video games, documentaries, and relaxing with friends. Whenever I’m not at work you can bet I’ll be out brunching with my buddies.

Sarah:I enjoy catching up with friends and family. I also love cooking, trying new cafe’s and swimming.

If you weren’t a nurse what would you be doing?

Cory: I think I’d be working with kids in another role – teacher, perhaps? Or maybe a youth worker.

Sarah: I can’t see myself doing anything else, but if I had to choose I would love to open a cafe or even work in law or education.


If you would like to explore Sugar Glider Ward further, you can download the My RCH app here. 

9 comments for “Meet our nurses: Sugar Glider”

  1. Declan McAllister

    Hello Sarah and Cory i have breathing problems.

    • walshh

      Dear Declan, we hope you’re feeling better. Please be sure to speak with your parents or GP if you’re feeling unwell.

  2. Nicole Kelly

    Hello Corey and all the staff on Sugarglider from Cassie, she still talks about all of you that cared for her….you all rock and do a fabulous job

  3. Sandra Hardy

    Our precious grand daughter Ruby spent a couple of days in Sugar Glider, after being in ICU with bronchiolitis when she was 7 weeks old. The care she received, as well as the kindness shown to her mum Victoria and me, was absolutely amazing. She turns 1 in 2 weeks! We will be forever grateful to everyone who cared for all of us 🙂 xo

  4. Lorraine Moor

    Wonderful to see you Sarah on my Facebook, I am very proud of you the question and answers were great, keep up the wonderful work you and your colleagues doxxx

  5. Declan McAllister

    Hello Cory and Sarah how’s life at the Sugsr Glider.

  6. Declan McAllister

    Hello Cory and Sarah how’s life at the Sugar Glider Medical care ward.

  7. Ethan Rich

    Wow I had stayed on Sugar Glider Ward before when I had a Sleep Study done the Nurses were nice and made me quite comfortable after I had the Sleep study done I had to have a Finger Prick Blood Test in the Morning by the nurses before I went home and they had a bit of trouble getting a sample of blood so they had to prick my finger again except this time they did it on a Different one and they managed to get the sample of Blood they needed.

  8. Declan McAllister

    Hello i have sleeping problems i get a lot of Disturbances in my sleep.


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