Caitlan Halliday

Today the world at large, looks at medical workers as an inspiration. What inspired you to take up this noble profession?

I have always known I wanted to work with people in a caring role. I love meeting people from all walks of life and hearing their amazing and unique stories. One can learn so much from the experiences of others. It is a privilege to meet and care for patients as well as their families at their most vulnerable times. Making a meaningful contribution to society inspired me to take up nursing as a profession. I find my role as a surgical admission nurse very fulfilling.

 

Nursing and midwifery is a selfless job, working long and odd hours. How do you balance work and family? How do you de-stress?

Lots of coffee!
I am a big believer in exercise as a great stress reliever and I go to the gym or run every morning before work. I have an extremely supportive husband who does the school drop offs and dinners and this helps enormously.
We also have a family promise that we go away once a month even if it’s just free camping for a night and enjoy a nice breakfast at a local cafe. In the winter I ski at Perisher almost every weekend and I have started endurance trail running over the last couple of years. I also keep a gratitude journal.

 

Given the current situation with COVID-19, do you have any stories of ingenuity, support, compassion and kindness?

Coming to hospital for surgery can be overwhelming and unnerving for many at any time. With the current situation with COVID-19 the patient’s anxiety is heightened. My team have managed to maintain a calming and supportive environment for patients to feel safe and secure whilst maintaining social distancing. We have staggered our admission times and adhered to government restrictions with elective surgery. Our hospital has demonstrated amazing flexibility in these trying times. Its been humbling to see all staff helping each other out and happy to work in different areas and environments to reach the common goals and live by the Calvary values.

 

What is your advice to the younger generation who would like to pursue a career in nursing/midwifery?

Nursing is an amazing career that can offer so many opportunities, learning and experiences. It is one with which you can travel, make lifelong friendships and fund your adventures! One is able to work with and meet many different people from all walks of life and be a special part of their health experiences and life journeys. Nursing can be vary varied and I encourage the younger generation to make a career out of nursing that works for them.