Not being able to care for someone 100% hardest part: nurse
THESE three Gladstone women all have something in common, they love their jobs as nurses at the Gladstone Hospital.
Reporter Tegan Annett sat down with Alicia Humphries, Julia Imarisio and Sarah Maher yesterday for International Nurses Day to find out what they enjoy about their jobs.
Why did you choose nursing as a career?
Alicia: I always wanted to be a nurse, even when I was at school. I thought it would be a good job because you get to travel and meet lots of people while also caring for people.
Julia: It's a very hands-on job.
Sarah: I chose it to meet people. It's a good social career and there's lots of scope for change and development as well.
What's been your best and worst experiences as a nurse?
A: The best, I think it's just having a positive impact on a family and helping them get better by giving them the best care possible.
J: The worst would have to be the paperwork, there's so much of it! You literally have to write down everything about your patient.
Was it what you expected?
A: I think so, but you just grow and develop so much when you learn on the job.
S: You're fairly naive at the start. I was 20 when I had a job rurally and I really had no idea. From university I knew the basics but it's more the ethics that you learn on the job, like holding someone's hand when you tell them bad news, that's the sort of thing you can't learn at uni.
Is working at a hospital anything like Grey's Anatomy?
J: No way, it's far less dramatic.
S: No, there's no McDreamy's walking around the halls! And we don't look that glamarous all the time.
A: It's completely different. Nurses have more of a role in looking after the patients than what it's like in that show.
What's the hardest part about the job?
A: The shift work can be pretty hard.
S: Not being able to care for someone 100% because of something that's happening, you could be understaffed or be really busy, you never know what's going to happen. It takes a lot of resilience to be a nurse.
What did you do for International Nurses Day?
A: Today the executive team put a barbecue on for us.