As a mature age student, I found my passion for nursing a little later in life. I am a single mother of 2 teenager daughters who attend local catholic schools and participate in community sports. Sale is my home, the community that I was raised in and where I am raising my daughters. I want to enrich my girls with a sense of belonging and appreciation of their community by giving back and being part of building a better future of out town.
In 2008, youngest daughter was born at 29 weeks weighing only 946 grams. The amazing nurses in Sale hospital looked after me and my tiny baby in one of my family’s hardest times. The amazing doctors and nurses kept me alive and prepared my tiny baby for her transfer to Melbourne. After two and half months, we were able to transfer back to Sale hospital where the nurses helped care for us until we were finally able to go home. They remained calm and used their skills to not only help us survive but also to make us feel like we would be okay which is a difficult task in a family’s worst time. My respect and admiration for those nurses sparked my own desire to make a difference in the lives of other families.
Being part of a community means helping where you can and being there for those in times of need. As well as volunteering through my children’s school and sports programs, I have also been able to use my developing nursing skills to volunteer at the local Men’s Pit-Stop Program where I conducted free men’s health checks. I also completed a placement with the District Nursing Team where we travelled within the local community and surrounding areas to provide care to those most vulnerable in our community.
Whilst taking care of my children and studying full time, I also have a job in the kitchen at the Central Gippsland Health. Being around patients, interacting with their families and talking to the amazing medical teams really pushes me forward in my desire to be a rural nurse. Our community is strengthened by the connections we make. Many of the people I see around the hospital have been families that I had contact with through working in my parent’s mall local business for many years.
I particularly want to further my career in rural emergency nursing as rates of accidents and injury is more prevalent in rural areas. I want to build relationships with clients and other rural health professionals to achieve health promotion and prevention outcomes. I want to be a part of building a strong and connected community for the future.