Today the world at large, looks at medical workers as an inspiration. What inspired you to take up this noble profession?
I have been an Emergency Department nurse for approx. 14 years and have loved every bit of it. I have a loving caring nature and love to be around people, hence I chose this profession. I have known since I was in grade 5 at school where we had to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grow up, mine was a nurse holding a huge syringe (LOL). I believe it all stemmed from my mother and aunty who were both nurses.
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 actually love the shift work attached to Nursing, it enables me to enjoy my love for the outdoors and the gym. I de-stress by hiking, going to the gym, skiing, mountain bike riding every day of the week!! Even when I’m on nights nothing better than hiking up Mt Majura and seeing the sunset on the way down. Lucky I have an understanding supportive partner who is always there for me. I work with an amazing group of health professionals who are not only great colleagues but amazing friends that are always there to debrief and distress with.
Given the current situation with COVID-19, do you have any stories of ingenuity, support, compassion and kindness?
The emergency department has been super spoilt during COVID 19, with regular food parcels and handmade thankyou cards being dropped off from previous employees, local schools, girl guides and veterinary clinics. It has put a smile on all the healthcare workers on a daily basis. Not only has the ACT community given the healthcare workers so much support but each staff member has gone out of their way to ensure all staff are happy and safe during this unknown time of COVID 19.
What is your advice to the younger generation who would like to pursue a career in nursing/midwifery?
Nursing is a career path that can take you anywhere that you want to go. It has a large work diversity from community nursing in schools and gp’s to midwifery, from aged care to the Intensive care unit. Nursing is a profession that you can travel the world with and explore how other countries deliver healthcare. I believe it is a career that can be adapted to suit all lifestyles. Don’t get me wrong it’s not an easy job, nothing like grey’s anatomy (lol) but it is so rewarding and I could not see myself in any other job.