IN THE Irrigator’s latest profile with a Leeton District Hospital nurse, we learned just how passionate Melissa Sinclair is about her job.
Miss Sinclair is a clinical nurse educator, which involves ensuring staff at the hospital have the opportunity to engage in education and upskilling.
She also works as a registered nurse, treating and helping patients.
It was in high school that Miss Sinclair first came to the realisation she wanted to be a nurse.
“I thought I wanted to be a PE teacher until I realised I hated sport … it was more the health and health promotion parts of the class I was interested in,” she said.
“After school I took a gap year and went did my personal training certificate, then went to Wollongong University where I completed a Bachelor of Nursing.
“I went on to Royal Prince Alfred in Sydney after that and then Wollongong Hospital.”
She also holds a post graduate certificate in critical care emergency. Miss Sinclair has also taught at the University of Wollongong.
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“The best of the job is definitely seeing that ‘ah-ha’ moment where staff just light up and know they’ve learned something new,” she said.
“The staff here are so committed and passionate about their patients, so it’s so great when they learn something new or a new way of doing things to apply to their practice.
“It’s great to see that and facilitate for that to happen.”
Miss Sinclair said the beauty of technology now meant staff at the hospital could be involved in all manner of training and opportunities thanks to Skype sessions and the like.
The role of a nurse – for both men and women – is something Miss Sinclair would love to see more young people consider when completing their school years.
“It’s a great career and it can definitely take you anywhere you want to go,” she said.
“It’s not only that, but there’s so many pathways nursing can take you on.
“There’s all sorts of things you can do.”
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