I have worked as a registered nurse for over 40 years in the acute, drug and alcohol, rehabilitation, academic and community health nursing areas. I am also a strong advocate for nurses and student nurses, I enjoy the opportunity that working at Nurse & Midwife Support brings me to be able to advocate and give back to this wonderful profession that has given me so much.
I started my nursing career at the Alfred Hospital. In those days we were paid a small amount of money and lived in the Nurses’ home. This was comforting for my mother as she felt I was being supervised and safe. I loved my time with the Alfred Hospital and grew up quickly in the student nurse role. We had a great deal of responsibility even as student nurses. For example, in our 2nd year we were placed ‘in charge’ of rehabilitation wards at Caulfield Hospital as part of our student rotation.
I was in Group T and made several wonderful friends in the group. I am still close to quite a number. I met my husband on a ‘blind date’ when at the Alfred. We are still together, have two children and now grandchildren. The Alfred Hospital has been a wonderful opportunity for me.