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April 2012 saw the first Finnan’s Gift Grant make a significant contribution to support the wonderful Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU) nurses at The Royal Children’s Hospital.


The grant will allow the PICU nurses to take advantage of a number of professional development opportunities that will support their work in delivering the very best care and treatment.


Alisa and Oliver wanted to acknowledge and thank the PICU nurses who played such an important role in the medical team that cared for Finnan.

 “Their significant life-saving contribution is often over looked, they work intensive 12 hour shifts and never leave the bed of their patient.  When Finnan was in the PICU, it was the nurses who looked after him all day every day and really helped us to be a part of his care and understand all that was happening.


We cannot say enough good things about PICU nurses!!!


The $20,000 will be utilised to fund as many relevant and important professional development opportunities as possible over the next three years.


Currently there are approximately 145 Intensive Care nurses who will be eligible to apply for the Finnan’s Gift Grant to attend various important industry conferences, enabling them to present their research and enhance their leadership skills and knowledge.


The Finnan’s Gift Grant will have an ongoing impact on Intensive Care nursing development as all successful applicants will be required to share their key learnings with colleagues to benefit the entire Intensive Care Nursing team.


RCH Intensive Care Nurse Unit Manager, Adrian Hutchinson says the grant will make a significant contribution to supporting Intensive Care nurses at the RCH.


“Finnan’s Gift Grant will allow our Intensive Care Nurses to take advantage of a number of opportunities that will support their work in delivering the very best treatments to our sickest children,” he said.


Alisa and Oliver also announced that the intended recipient of the 2013 Finnan’s Gift Grant will be the team of perfusionists at the RCH. The perfusionist team operate the sophisticated life-support machines that manage the work of the heart and lungs whilst surgeons operate.


Finnan's Gift Grant 2015. On 5 March 2015 we presented a $250,000 cheque to purchase new pumps for 4 critical life support machines in the RCH's Paediatric ICU.
Finnan's Gift Grant 2014. Reaching our large $75,000 target meant that on 11 March 2014 we were able to hand over 6 monitors to the PICU that measure the levels of blood and oxygen in children after surgery.
Finnan's Gift Grant 2013.  On 23 April we proudly presented the $20,000 Finnan's Gift Grant to the Perfusion Team to develop a monitor to measure blood & oxygen supply during surgery.
Finnan's Gift Grant 2012.  Thanks to your generosity we were able to make the 2012 grant a reality and donate $20,000 to support PICU nurses with their professional development.
Finnan's Gift Grant 2011. Our very first grant to the RCH purchased a $300,000 echocardiology scanner to help provide the best possible equipment available to assess the heart.







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