IN THIS week’s profile of a Leeton District Hospital nurse, The Irrigator hears from registered nurse Rebecca Fohmsbee.
Mrs Fohmsbee got her first taste of the nursing world when she undertook her year 10 work placement at Leeton District Hospital.
At this young age, she was still uncertain what career path she would take up.
However, during her time at the hospital, Mrs Fohmsbee soon realised nursing was for her and she started her studies soon after.
As a result, she has been working at the Leeton hospital for the last eight years.
Seven-and-a-half of those years were spent in the hospital’s aged care facility – Carramar – as an assistant in nursing.
Mrs Fohmsbee recently graduated from university with a Bachelor of Nursing and began her career as a registered nurse, but it’s been quite the juggling act.
“I have had two short breaks during the last three years when I’ve had my daughters,” she said.
“I initially completed my Certificate lll Assistant in Nursing at Griffith TAFE.
“Then I went on to complete my Bachelor of Nursing in 2017 through Charles Sturt University via distance at the Wagga campus. I studied and worked part-time throughout my studies.”
Having already spent her formative years as a nurse in Leeton, Mrs Fohmsbee plans to keep in that way long into the future.
She said there were many positive aspects to the job. “I love that every day is different,” Mrs Fohmsbee said.
“You come across people from all walks of life. I love that I get to make a difference in people’s lives and their individual health journey.
“Some days are harder than others and can be taxing on the body – emotionally and physically.
“Dealing with death can also be a sad and unexpected part of our job and unfortunately it doesn’t get any easier.”
While the career is a challenging one, it is rewarding, according to Mrs Fohmsbee.
She said each day was fast-paced and would highly recommend more young people taking up the career.
”There is always something new to learn and every day is different,” she said.