REGISTERED nurse Kerry Maguire would love to see more young people take up the profession.
Mrs Maguire has been a nurse for close to 30 years and has worked at the Leeton District Hospital since 1990.
The registered nurse and clinical nurse specialist in the emergency department believes she has been fortunate to work in Leeton.
“I’ve gained so much experience here … I’ve been able to work in many different areas, including as a nurse in the blood bank, radiology, theatre, community and district nursing, acute care and Carramar aged care,” she said.
“I’ve been in the emergency department in Leeton since 2009.”
Mrs Maguire had undertaken plenty of training to get to where she is today, including her registered nursing studies through Charles Sturt University in Bathurst.
One thing she would like to see more of is young people taking up the profession.
“I thoroughly recommend a career in nursing,” Mrs Maguire said.
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“It is definitely one of those jobs where you’re either cut out for it or you’re not. Yes, there is shift work, but it is such a rewarding career.
“You get so much out of it and you benefit from it yourself. It’s a job that can take you many places.”
Having been at the Leeton hospital for many years, Mrs Maguire has seen a lot and learned from the many experiences she has had.
“The most rewarding part of this job is you know you’ve been part of that team that has helped with the recovery of a patient … that’s the best part,” she said.
“We have a fantastic team here in Leeton. I enjoy the diverse conditions which present in the emergency department.
“The flip side is because we are remote, we haven’t got everything on tap. Just knowing if a patient does need a transfer, it’s not five minutes away.”
One of the key pieces of advice Mrs Maguire had for young people wanting to get into nursing was to take a chance, saying she herself wasn’t too sure if she was cut out for the job when first starting out.
“You learn all the time and there is plenty of support there,” Mrs Maguire said.
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