Audra’s dance moves are music to the ears of acute care patients
Audra Leopold is being honoured as one of the finalists in I Made A Difference 2017. Audra works on an acute medicine unit at Richmond Hospital, and she has a very simple and special way of brightening the day of her patients.
She’s got the music in her
“I play music on my phone for my patients throughout the day,” said Audra. “I will play the genre of their choice as I provide nursing care for them.”
And she’s got the moves
Audra says that the impact of music is undeniable and is particularly evident when a patient with dementia, who has difficulty expressing themselves, comes to life and starts to sing and dance with her.
“It is a celebration of life and living. We are suddenly not nurse and patient, but human beings enjoying the moment.”
Audra says she feels blessed to have experienced this on many occasions.
“When someone with severe dementia smiles and starts to dance when they see me, I know I have a difference in their lives.”