My brilliant career: Making the vulnerable smile, literally
Olivia Haslam is a registered nurse who works for the Cosmetic Surgery Institute and volunteers at Operation Smile SA as a clinical co-ordinator for cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries
Tell me about the work you do.
My job involves all aspects of surgery — from admitting the patient to seeing them through their surgery, as well as recovery. As a clinical co-ordinator for Operation Smile SA (OSSA), I go on missions throughout Southern Africa, and oversee all clinical aspects of the mission, from pre-op to theatre, to recovery, and post-op back in the ward.