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I ventured into the nursing field when I was sixteen, securing a position as an assistant-in-nursing (AIN). My Mother was a registered nurse and my Father was an ambulance officer. My younger Brother also went on to join the ambulance. The many and varied aspects of “health” were around us for as long as I can remember.
In the beginning, I don’t recall being over-ambitious but found myself being encouraged to do more. So I went on to become an enrolled nurse. I have many positive memories of my work as an enrolled nurse, and I continue to have great respect for nurses who work “at the coal-face” of health, no matter what the field!
Moving on, I furthered my education and completed a Bachelor of Nursing Studies at the University of New-England (UNE) – Armidale Campus. Over the years I have continued to work in between raising our family and managing the demands of living on a farm in rural QLD.
In December 2009 I found myself working in Community Mental Health. This was a completely different environment from anything I had done before and came with a steep learning curve. Over the years I have had a couple of breaks away, but have always returned to Mental Health. I have continuously engaged in personal and professional development and have been successful in securing the Clinical Nurse Consultant position in August 2016. This role and the included clinical teaching brings great job satisfaction. I do believe I have found my niche.
I have continued to study and completed a Masters in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Newcastle (UoN) in 2015. I am currently enrolled with UNE to complete a Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice. This will give me the opportunity to showcase my nursing career and to demonstrate my ongoing commitment to my profession.