Let me introduce myself – my name is Tammy and I am a 38-year-old mother of two beautiful daughters, doing life not just with them but with a husband I can honestly call my best friend. I am blessed to have lived on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, Australia, surrounded with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, before moving to England in December 2018 to work and live as expats for a period of time.
I have been a Registered Nurse since 2009, and before that I was a senior phlebotomist (big word for blood collector) working all over south-east Queensland (along with some non-healthcare jobs in my earlier years). Most recently I’ve been exploring the concept of health promotion and health coaching in nursing, with an interest in chronic disease management and prevention, so I have completed my Certificate III in Fitness, and some additional modules in personal training and fitness. My nursing experience is quite varied and honestly when I look back over the years I’ve crammed quite a lot in.
Post Anaesthetic Recovery
Aged Care RN/CN
My goal is to be a resource to other nurses and nursing students within whatever trajectory they are on by providing nurse mentorship, along with sharing the experience of moving to and working overseas.
Why did I want to become a nurse?
I have always had a caring nature and originally thought I would become a nanny. However, when I was in my teenage years I spent a lot of time with a family in our church whose child had Cystic Fibrosis. I spent a lot of time with her and eventually would help with her care whilst I was there including her hours of chest physiotherapy, and it was then I knew I wanted to be in the field of health. It wasn’t until I had experienced caring for my own child who was unwell for the first year of her life, that I knew it was nursing that was calling me. I feel that nursing fulfils my need to care for others, whilst giving me the ongoing mental challenge and personal growth.
What has kept my passion of nursing alive?
I love that nursing is such a diverse career that is ever evolving. In nursing, you can specialise if you wish, but if you decide that you need a change for whatever reason, you can work towards a new area. I truly believe this keeps you refreshed and prevents the whole “this is how we have always done it” trap, and somewhat prevents burnout.
What have I learned along the way?
1. Nursing comes with both the very good and the very bad, but if you support each other with true kindness instead of “eating your young” so to speak, you can build life-long relationships and create change for the better.
2. Nurse bullies can be pretty tough to deal with, but it is up to each of us to hold ourselves and our behaviours accountable, and to stand up for what is right to prevent it.
3. Self-awareness will be your most precious nursing tool of all – if you know yourself you can be the most effective in all you do.
4. As a nurse you have the power to transform even the worst experience for your patients.
5. Nurses ROCK!
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