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Ralph finds work life balance on the Peninsula

“You can’t find the kind of experience we’ve got in our Associate Nurse Unit Manager Group here”, says Ralph Maggio, the new Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) of Anaesthetics and Recovery in Surgical Services.

“The first thing I noticed was how long people have been here. I’ve been really impressed with the experience in this team.”

Born in the US to a Scottish mother and Italian American father, Ralph has lived and worked in the US and the UK, including eight years in the London Police.

In his late twenties Ralph re-invented his career and became a nurse. After visiting Australia in 2003, he began what would become a 16 year tenure at Monash Health, the last ten years as NUM, Anaesthetics and Recovery, at Dandenong Hospital.

“The workflow is similar but the theatres here are twice the size and very well equipped. There’s a good cross-section of work here which is great for staff keeping up their skill set,” says Ralph.

Living in Mount Eliza, Ralph doesn’t miss the commute to Dandenong, which he endured for 10 years.

“I looked for a job in Frankston the whole time and none came up!” Many of Ralph’s new colleagues in Theatre have worked with his wife Tina, an Anaesthetic Nurse currently working in research at Monash.

Family life keeps Ralph and Tina busy with two boys aged, 14 and 12, a 10 year old daughter and a Collie called Nahla.

As well as coaching American football for 15 years, Ralph is also a player himself and has been involved in ten state championships with the Monash Warriors. He recently started singing and playing guitar in a cover band called The Fossils.

Find out how you can work alongside Ralph in providing quality and specialised care as one of our Nurse Unit Managers in our Surgical Services Suite.