DONNA Chilby takes to each day with a fresh attitude and sense of positivity.
Mrs Chilby is an assistant in nursing at Carramar and believes when there are bad days on the job, it is important to try to move on.
“Of course, there are always bad days and sometimes, like in any job, you wonder if you can come back day-after-day,” she said.
“I think the key is just dealing with it and then starting fresh the next day.
“That’s really important I think.”
Mrs Chilby has been in the nursing industry for about 35 years, but has also worked in the disability field during that time.
Becoming a nurse was something she knew she wanted to do early on.
“Those days you did your training on the job most of the time … I did do a my TAFE course for assistant in nursing as well,” Mrs Chilby said.
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Mrs Chilby has been at Carramar for about a year-and-a-half and sometimes provides assistance in the emergency department and the ward at Leeton District Hospital.
She worked at a number of aged care facilities throughout the region and said despite its challenges, it was a job she loved.
“What I like to do every day is try and get our residents to smile and enjoy their day,” Mrs Chilby said.
“If I can do that every day then I go home feeling good and know I’ve hopefully made their day a little happier and easier.”
Mrs Chilby mostly works in Carramar Two, which is the facility’s dementia unit.
One of the hard parts of the job can be stress, but it is something Mrs Chilby has learned to deal with.
“I do love my job and working here in Carramar,” she said.
“I know everyone has said it already, but the staff here are just amazing.
“We’re all a really great team. There’s been changes even in my time here and it’s all been for the better.”
Encouraging young people into the nursing sector is something Mrs Chilby would like to see more of.
“Definitely,” she said. “I think maybe they need to do more practical work throughout their degree to get more of a taste for it. Some will finish their degree and then decide it’s not for them.”
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