My name is Kylie Louise Whatley. I am the Clinical Care Specialist Manager for the Northern region, leading a team of clinical care specialists in supporting homes across QLD/NSW/NT.
I started at a very young age – I even got my first nurses kit when I was in grade 3! I commenced as a nursing student at Rockhampton Base Hospital, in June 1989. We were the last group of hospital-trained nurses in Queensland and I officially graduated in September 1992. We celebrated our 30-year reunion in September 2019 and were lucky to have a ‘tour’ of the now-closed hospital wings and nursing quarters – it really brought back some interesting memories!
Sharing my caring passion and mentoring nurses at the beginning of their journey in aged care.
While working in the UK as a Registered Nurse, there were restrictions on what you were allowed to do as an agency nurse in hospitals. This frustrated me to no end, so I started taking shifts in residential care homes. I found that I absolutely loved the residents, and was successful in a ‘Director of Nursing’ role close to where we were living in Chichester, West Sussex. On return to Australia, I pursued a similar role and landed a Clinical Manager position in a private home. They were still in the building phase and I assisted in sourcing everything, from the kitchen pots and pans, furnishings, to writing our policies and hiring new staff.
Being able to create a positive impact on the lives of residents. It’s the simple things, like making a resident smile and making them feel valued about being part of the community within the home.
I reached my 20 years with Regis in 2019 and am thankful for the opportunities that Regis has created for me through my journey. I love my team and my work colleagues and I have built some strong friendships along the journey which keeps me happy.
By leading by example and coaching our nurses to be passionate and caring – this, in turn, ensures our residents are treated with passion and respect.
I’m proud to be a nurse and have the ability to help people which compliments my caring and compassionate nature.
Be proud of who you are and what you have to offer. It’s a tough job, but can be so rewarding in many ways.
The biggest impact was not being able to be in a home to work alongside the clinical teams personally. It was wonderful when I was able to resume being onsite again and being welcomed back by the clinical teams was heartfelt.
I try to walk when I can but this can easily fall flat with regular travel and I seem to find every excuse under the sun. But I do choose healthy options in my diet and rarely eat fast food or sugary foods, topped off with a scotch in the evening.
In my garden with my family, my dog, and our 6 chickens.