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My love of the nursing profession just grows and grows. It's
not what I do, it's what I am
As a little girl, I'd always dreamed of becoming a Red Cross nurse. I
have lots of photos of me dressed up in the old fashioned nursing
uniform of white pinafore and cap with the big red cross on the front.
"My story of becoming a nurse really began in 2009 after
escaping an extremely violent 10-year marriage with two of my three
children. I was penniless and jobless, and very much alone. However,
looking back, that was the turning point in my life.
"My climb to where I am now began with an Assistant in Nursing
(AIN) course in 2010 to attain my Certificate
III in Individual Support (Aged Care). I eventually scored a job
in a nursing home in 2012, and was there for two years. During this
time I watched the registered nurses (RNs) like a hawk, absorbing
everything they did.
"I befriended one of the RNs who motivated me to further pursue
my career. She told me she thought I'd make a great nurse one day. I
followed her advice and registered my interest with Hunter TAFE to
enrol in future EN courses. I was quite prepared to take a loan to
fund the course.
"In 2013, I saw an ad in the paper for EN scholarships. Around
the same time I received an email from Hunter TAFE inviting me to
apply for a scholarship. I did – and I was successful. This was indeed
a gift and one that I fully appreciated. This would save me thousands
of dollars and remove the stress of paying back a loan. It would also
set me on track with a profession I'm meant to be part of, and in the
process finally give me the independence to provide for myself and my family.
"Another lovely surprise was that the scholarship not only paid
for the course, but also provided my text books plus a nursing pack
which consisted of stethoscope, fob watch, sphygmomanometer cuff, pen
torch, sanitising hand gel and bum bag. It sort of felt like Christmas!
"On 28 April 2014 I was sitting in the classroom for my first
lesson. That was also the day I met Kate, one of my teachers. To this
day I doubt Kate ever realised the impact she had on me, or where I'd
come from just to get to that point. I guess this part of my story is
also a tribute to her and her teachings. My other teachers were all
just as talented and experienced, but somehow Kate really resonated
with me. She even made the legal side of nursing sound interesting! I
hungrily absorbed everything that Kate taught me. Each time I mastered
something, she'd raise the bar even higher. I can honestly say that's
why I'm in the job I love today.
"On 12 October 2015 I commenced my job in the Cardiac Unit at
Wyong Hospital. I now work with an amazing bunch of nursing staff, all
willing to help me learn and grow. In the short time I've been there
I've learnt and experienced so much, and I've been able to implement
what I learned at TAFE. (even those bloody "dots" on the
medication charts that Kate was so incessant about, are now an
integral part of my nursing practice.) Each work shift is a wonderful
experience with new challenges to be met and new techniques to master.
I've also registered my interest in attending a Cardiac Nurses Course
in March, and a Wound Care Course in November.
"My love of the nursing profession just grows and grows. It's
not what I do, it's what I am. And thanks to the scholarship
(and Kate) my future, which not so long ago, looked bleak with no
direction, is now something I can look forward to with heartfelt
gratitude and excitement. Who knows, one day, it may even include a
Bachelor of Nursing Degree."
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