Recognising International Nurses Day 2021
International Nurses Day is a time to recognise the amazing work nurses do and reflect on the impact they have in our lives. We celebrate around the world on May 12 every year, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
This year, the International Council of Nurses wants to show how the nursing profession will transform health services with their theme, A Vision for Future Healthcare.
In honour of International Nurses Day, we’ve shared below the journeys of some of our wonderful IRT nurses.
“When I was a young nurse, I would drag myself through the door after a hectic shift and think that there must be more glamourous ways to earn a living. I even had a short break working in a dress shop once or twice a week. It cleared my head after being a bit burnt out, but I found that I was proudly telling everyone that I was a nurse. Being a nurse has taught me many lessons and I am still learning from those I work with and those in my care. I have only been in aged care for 5 years, but it’s the best move I have ever made. I have a wonderful care manager who unknowingly has ignited my passion for aged care, and now I don’t dream of trying to find a more glam way of earning a living. During this worldwide pandemic, I have never been so proud and grateful to be a Registered Nurse and I am in awe of my inspiring and brave colleagues around the world.” – Colleen Read, IRT Woodlands
“I became a nurse after taking care of Mum when she was diagnosed with a terminal illness. I met a lot of amazing nurses who assisted me to ensure my mum live her best life until the end. Shortly after Mum’s passing, my Pop ended up in a nursing home. My family and I found ourselves in a very unfamiliar and, at times, confronting environment. However, while visiting my Pop and talking to staff, I came to realise that nursing was not just about giving out medications, rather how important it is to make a difference in the most vulnerable time of a person’s life. I decided to make a career change from administration and enrolled in a Bachelor of Nursing. While doing my degree, I did multiple placements across various hospital wards which is when I realised my passion for aged care. In 2019, I graduated as a Registered Nurse and commenced at IRT Woonona. During my 12 months as a new grad, I wanted to learn as much as I possibly could and in 2020 I was asked to become a care coordinator. I would not be able to do this role without the amazing team I work alongside each and every day.” – Jodi Potter, IRT Woonona
“There are two main reasons why I became a nurse, the first reason came from when I was a child. I had 5 major hip surgeries when I was nine years old, I spent many weeks in hospital. I admired the work the nurses did and how much one nurse could change your whole recovery, from then on I knew I was going to be a nurse. Then in 2014, I volunteered at a local aged care facility, and this is where I fell in love with aged care. Every day is different and can challenge you but I love the connection you can have with both residents and their family, and it’s an honour to care for them during the last years of life. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world the important role nurses and healthcare workers play in keeping people healthy across the lifespan – I am proud to say I am a part of the best profession in the world.” – Matilda Critchley, IRT Thomas Holt Kirrawee
“With only just recently beginning my nursing career, it has been so exciting that I have been able to achieve my childhood dream. How fortunate for me that I was able to begin my nursing career in the New Graduate program with IRT Macarthur. The New Graduate program provided me with support and guidance that has helped me become the confident nurse I am today. Each day, I come to work knowing that I make a difference in the lives of others, by providing care in their time of need. I enjoy working in partnership with my team and I am so thankful for my supportive and passionate care manager and for her ongoing support. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”” – Victoria Thomas, IRT Macarthur
“Hi, my name is Divya Rajpal. I moved to Australia in the year of 2017 to study nursing. What inspired me to become a gerontological nurse was my grandparents. I used to look after them when I was young. I am proud of myself as now I am looking after somebody else’s parents and grandparents. IRT has been very supportive throughout this whole journey. I started as a graduate nurse in 2020 and now I am working as Infection control coordinator as well as senior care coordinator.” – Divya Rajpal, IRT Dalmeny
“I love nursing! It fills me with a great sense of purpose that I am helping people in such a vulnerable time in their lives. I feel special when I get to be a part of so many great peoples’ lives. I never knew I was going to become a nurse, but I am eternally grateful that I landed where I am. The future holds so much promise for young nurses and I am looking forward to seeing what my friends, colleagues and patients are going to achieve!” – Ryan Armstrong, IRT Kangara Waters