Lauren Letch

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

My inspiration to become a nurse began at an early age and stems from when my Grandad was admitted to ICU. I was only young at the time and visiting him was a very scary and daunting experience but the nurses caring for him were so kind and compassionate. They not only provided the necessary care but they also reassured me and supported our family. Their skills as professional clinicians was something I truly admired and I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in nursing.

 

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

I am fortunate that my partner is a nurse as well and so we understand the pressures and unsociable hours that being a nurse can entail. Having each other is a great support in itself as we can talk to each other with a shared knowledge. Aside from that I find being outside and exploring walking trails or destressing at the gym helps me to centre myself.

 

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

COVID-19 has been an unsettling time for nurses around the world. The daily processes of our ward have dramatically and continue to dynamically change and increase the pressure on nursing staff. Despite these increasing pressures, I am so proud to be a part of our team here at Calvary. My nursing peers have all stepped up to meet these challenges in uncertain times. They have set an example by cohesively banding together as a team, to support one another and continue to deliver high standards of compassionate nursing care. In the face of adversity, we have grown stronger together and I have been privileged enough to be a  part of this process.

 

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

Selfcare and a good work/life balance are key to achieving your nursing goals and providing the best care to your patients. Nursing can be demanding and emotionally challenging but if you are willing to put in the time and effort and you have a passion to help others it can be one of the most rewarding and meaningful career paths.