Growing up, I jumped from job idea to job idea… dentist to hairdresser… so many options! But at around 14 or 15, it just clicked, I was going to be a nurse.
In 2008, I completed a Bachelor of Nursing at La Trobe University in Bendigo, before making the move to Melbourne to start my nursing career
I have worked at St Vincents Private Melbourne for the past 7 years, starting my career in their Graduate Nursing Program. During that time, I gained a range of experience across a number of specialties, focusing on plastic and reconstructive surgery and orthopaedics.
By the end of the Graduate Nursing Program, I knew that my passion was in Midwifery, so back to study I went. In 2010, with the support of the hospitals Midwifery Education team, I attained a Post Graduate Diploma of Midwifery at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, completing my clinical training within the hospital.
I spent my first year as a Midwife within the Midwifery Graduate Program, being guided through all aspects of maternity care – Birth Suite, Post-Natal and Special Care Nursery. I spent further 18 months rotating through the 3 areas, before making the big decision to focus on Special Care Nursery.
I love working in the sometimes high stress, but incredibly rewarding Special Care Nursery, with it allowing me to combine my love of caring for babies, and supporting and empowering families to thrive in what is often the most stressful, but special time of their lives. It also lets me exercise my love of talking, as many ex-SCN parents would know!
With many new and exciting improvements happening in SCN, increasing the acuity and allowing us to provide more specialised care, there are always new skills to learn, and I love the opportunities and support we are provided in developing and strengthening our expertise.