A new year and a new beginning for IRT’s aged care nursing cadets
Four IRT aged care employees have joined the IRT 2023 Nursing Cadetship Program and have begun a journey of work and study towards becoming Registered Nurses.
Sarah Adamson from IRT Moruya, Neeru Gupta from IRT Culburra Beach, Kylie Wilton from IRT Woonona and Aliesha Muldoon from William Beach Gardens at IRT Kanahooka are all on the program and are looking forward to the challenges and rewards ahead.
“I’m pretty excited and nervous,” says Kylie Wilton of being part of the program.
“I’m 46 years old and haven’t been to school for a long time. But it will be good and I’ve got the support of my family and the staff here too.”
Kylie, a team leader, will be studying a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Wollongong and working in her role at IRT Woonona.
Looking to her future in aged care Kylie would like to specialise in palliative care and is glad for the opportunities from IRT to further her career.
“When working at IRT Tarrawanna during a COVID-19 outbreak I found a quote on a poster which said ‘our residents do not live in our workplace, we work in their home’,” she says.
“It stuck with me because it rings true.”
IRT Senior Clinical Nurse Educator Elfriede Ashcroft says the program is a great way to foster and enhance IRT’s workforce.
“Studying and working is a big commitment but the cadets take on the challenge in a well-supported environment. It’s a great opportunity in terms of their career progression too.”
Those interested in starting or furthering a career in aged care can visit www.irt.org.au/careers.
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About IRT Group:
IRT Group is one of Australia’s largest community-owned, not-for-profit providers of retirement living, residential aged care and home care. With more than 50 years’ experience and locations throughout NSW, the ACT and South East Queensland, we employ almost 2800 people and play a significant role in promoting seniors as dynamic, influential and valuable members of society.