Evan Alexandrou, School of Nursing and Midwifery
Evan Alexandrou has a long association with Liverpool.
He began his career as a Registered Nurse at Liverpool Hospital is 1993, and has since worked in various positions – including as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and as the Area Health Service's Clinical Nurse Consultant for the Medical Emergency Team.
In his role as a Senior Lecturer within Western Sydney University's School of Nursing and Midwifery, Evan has maintained his strong connections with the hospital. He continues to work in a clinical capacity as a Nurse Consultant in Central Venous Access and in the ICU, and also teaches and mentors students as they come through the hospital on placement.
"Depending on workloads at the hospital and the university, managing my various roles can be quite a juggling act – but it's an essential one. I'm a big believer in the notion that you can't teach unless you do, and you can't do unless you research."
Evan's dual roles, as a practicing nurse as well as in academia, have led to ground-breaking research opportunities. Evan is the chief investigator in the world's largest vascular access study: The 'One Million Global Catheters' study, which has audited the use of peripheral intravenous catheters – or drips – in over 41,000 patients in 450 hospitals in 51 countries.
Evan says Liverpool is an innovative hospital that is always growing – and by that nature has provided innumerable career opportunities. He was one of the first nurses in Australia to be trained in Central Venous Access – the procedure of inserting a catheter into the large veins of the neck, chest and groin, which are typically inserted by critical care doctors. But at Liverpool Hospital – which is internationally renowned for its Vascular Access Service – he was given a unique opportunity to receive specialist training in the practice.
By opening a Western Sydney University campus at Liverpool, Evan says the relationship between the University and the Hospital will only be strengthened – and the opportunities for students to begin and progress their careers will continue to grow.