Meet John, a passionate Enrolled Nurse at local aged care residence Regis Nedlands, who has been an integral part of the team since August 2022.

Starting as a carer before becoming an Enrolled Nurse, John has embraced the multifaceted nature of his profession.

John said he had never planned to work in the sector.

“Initially, I never imagined myself working within aged care when I began training as a nurse, but after completing my clinical placement at Regis, I realised that it was an area where I could make a real impact; not just to the clinical wellbeing of the residents but their life as a whole.”

What sets John’s experience apart is his genuine connection with the elderly residents. The residents at Regis Nedlands offer a unique opportunity to work with a range of different residents, but it’s the development of real relationships and bonds that he cherishes the most.

“Due to residents remaining in an aged care residence much longer than a patient would in a hospital setting, it gives me the opportunity to develop real relationships and bonds with both the residents and their loved ones,” he said.

John’s dedication is heartfelt. “I genuinely care for each and every resident that I care for. Seeing residents or their families pleased with the care I have given and the feedback they give, has been an amazing experience for me so far.”

In recognition of his outstanding contributions, John was nominated for the Outstanding Dementia Care Award at the Regis National Care Awards in 2022. However, for John, the true measure of value lies in the trusting bonds he has developed with many residents, making him feel valued every single shift.

John has been able to grow within his career personally and professionally at Regis Nedlands, a journey he describes as a continuous learning experience. He said Regis is a workplace that he appreciates and feels enabled to flourish.

“Regis has been a fantastic place to work for me where I feel valued.”

When asked about his colleagues at Regis Nedlands, John highlights the shared passion for providing not just clinical but respectful and meaningful care for residents.

For those considering a career in aged care, John offers invaluable advice: ” If you genuinely want to make a difference to people’s lives and aren’t afraid of getting your hands dirty from time to time, then this is an extremely rewarding sector within healthcare to work in.”