LEETON’S Liz Warr knew fairly on in her life she wanted to be a nurse and it’s a career that has since given her plenty of memories and satisfaction.
Miss Warr had her first taste of nursing while still at school and completing work experience in Hay, which then led her to a 24-year career in the field.
While completing her training, Miss Warr was one of the first to go through the course with Murrumbidgee Health Service.
An endorsed enrolled nurse, she has spent time working in places such as Hay, as well as a stint in the Bowral Hospital emergency department (ED).
“That was a really great experience … I learned a lot by working in the ED there,” Miss Warr said.
“Bowral is just off the main highway to Sydney, so there were always a lot of accidents coming in. It was very busy.”
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At the Leeton District Hospital, Miss Warr has worked in both the main ward, as well as in both Carramar one and two.
She said her heart lay with caring for residents who have dementia.
“The satisfaction of helping people is why I love my job … the knowledge you can be there for someone in both their good and bad times,” Miss Warr said.
“I actually was told by a family member one time ‘thank you’ for what you’ve done … and I wasn’t sure what they meant.
“We just do our job and care for the residents. It’s what we love doing, but this lady said ‘you had him laughing right up until the end and we’ll be forever grateful’.
“You don’t do this job for the acknowledgement but it’s nice to hear you’re making a difference and a positive impact.”
One of the harder parts of the job for Miss Warr is not only losing a patient, which she said is something you never get used to, but also just the day-to-challenges of the role.
Having been a nurse for almost two-and-a-half decades, Miss Warr has seen plenty and experienced a lot.
She recommended other young men and women looking into taking up nursing.
“You become part of such a great team … that’s what we have here,” Miss Warr said.
“Everyone looks out for each other.”
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