Nursing patients to better health

2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Each month Calvary Mater Newcastle will be celebrating and acknowledging the wonderful work they do day in, day out.

This month we celebrate Kyra Antcliff, Registered Nurse. Here is a snapshot of why Kyra chose nursing as her profession and Calvary Mater Newcastle as her hospital.

You started life here at Calvary Mater Newcastle as an enrolled nurse. What led you toward nursing as a career?
The support and encouragement I received from my nurse unit manager at the time and my fellow nurses.

What made you decide to go back to university to become a registered nurse?
I started my nursing career as an assistant in nursing (AIN) and always felt like I wanted more and that I had more to provide my patients.

What does a ‘normal’ work day look like?
Busy… and I always try to add a little bit of fun and humour to every shift.

What do you love most about your being a nurse/your job?
I love helping people. Whether it is to better health or at the end of their life.

You have diabetes. Has that influenced your career choice?
As a young girl aged 7, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I spent a lot of time in hospital. I admired and looked up to the nurses that looked after me.