Education the key for Donna

Nurse standing in front of medical equipment
Nurse Practitioner Donna Keeley
September 11, 2017

Nurse Practitioner Donna Keeley is part of a small team based at Fremantle Hospital, providing sexual health education, screening and treatment. The important work that she does within the south metropolitan community was recently highlighted in Australia’s leading nursing and midwifery journal.

As the only nurse practitioner working exclusively in sexual health in a metropolitan public hospital in WA, Donna has a high level of autonomy and responsibility.

She can diagnose and treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs), prescribe medications, order pathology tests, take biopsies and administer contraceptive implants.

But if you ask her what her most important responsibility is, she’ll give you one word: education.

The community’s understanding of STIs has also come a long way, but there are still barriers to people seeking treatment, such as embarrassment, fear and stigma.

“With young people, sometimes they might be having sex at a young age and are worried about confidentiality,” Donna said.

“People may be fearful of what the testing and treatment process might entail, or others might just feel embarrassed to talk about their problem.”

Read the full article online (external site).