I was working in child care for several years and needed a change and thought I would give nursing a go. I knew when I finished my placement that a career in nursing was for me.
Being a Clinical Manager is a rewarding, challenging and an interesting job. Everyday is different and I love that.
I had completed many placements in hospitals, but I knew that environment wasn’t for me. When I graduated from university I remember people saying to me, “Why would you work with old people?”, “Why don’t you want to work in a hospital?”. I would say “why not”, these people are the most vulnerable who need care and attention at this time of their lives and if I can make a small difference to their lives and care for them during those last years then I will be there for them and their families.
The great team I work with everyday. Each and every staff member at my home is hard working, motivated, energetic and caring. And not forgetting the lovely residents and their family members that I come into contact with each and every day.
Career progression. I started at Regis 9 years ago as an Assistant in Nursing and have progressed to a Clinical Manager in that time. Regis have helped and supported me through all of my studies. The amount of support you have around you at Regis is AMAZING.
Resident’s benefit from my role as I am making sure that each resident’s care needs are being met by my team of nurses.
I love being a nurse for many reasons, but mostly because of how rewarding the job is. You could be having a very busy and stressful day, but when you do one small thing for a resident or family member and you hear “Thank you for doing that for me” or “Thank you for helping my mum”, that is what matters.
Do it! It is such a rewarding job. Everyday is different and busy but when you see the smiles on the resident’s faces for doing something for them, either big or small, it is a great feeling.
Trying to maintain a healthy work/life balance is hard some weeks, however I try and catch up with my friends and family as much as possible and I also walk daily along the Brisbane River.