No doubt all nurses remember their very first days on the ward.
The feeling: a mixture of excitement, nervousness, exhilaration and immense satisfaction as the years of training become real life situations, real people, and real gratitude.
Chanelle Lindsay was one of 12 young nurses that took those huge steps at BRHS this year.
“I have loved my time working at BRHS,” she said. “I’m looking forward to potentially continuing my nursing career here.”
Chanelle has been recognised for exemplary commitment and performance in her graduate year at BRHS, presented with the BRHS Graduate Nurse Program Award at a special ceremony at the hospital earlier this month for staff that completed education programs in 2019.
After completing a Diploma of Nursing at TAFE Gippsland here in Bairnsdale, and a Bachelor of Nursing through Charles Sturt University, Chanelle took her first graduate nursing placement on the Tambo Ward, where she says the nursing staff were very generous with their time and advice.
“This was a steep learning curve for me, as a brand new nurse working on a busy, acute ward,” she said. “However the Tambo Ward team was very supportive and encouraging. I owe thanks to Sue Hutton and her team for giving me my first nursing job and a great start to my career.”
From there she completed placements in the Emergency Dept. and Maddocks Gardens, a diverse and invaluable set of experiences for a young nurses at the beginning of her career.
The goal at BRHS is for the graduate to acquire experience and knowledge within a supportive environment, enabling them to become a competent, confident, accountable and professional health care practitioner.
It was in the ED that Chanelle says she found her calling.
“I developed a passion for emergency nursing,” she said. “This is what I want to do.”
And Chanelle said that in both the ED and Maddocks Gardens, her preceptors and the other nurses were consistently supporting and encouraging.
“The Nursing Education team, too, has been a fantastic support and resource, not only as a nursing graduate but throughout my entire nursing career,” she said. “They are approachable, supportive, and provided valuable learning opportunities.”
To learn more about opportunities at every stage of your nursing study or career, visit www.brhs.com.au/careers.