PETER Peridis always wanted a career where he worked for the greater good of the country or served and helped communities.
He started out as a police officer both in uniform and in plain clothes in Victoria before moving on to a career in communications, or as he says "secret squirrel business" with the Australian Navy.
It was there he found he was looking for something more and applied to study a nursing degree through the Navy.
Upon successfully completing his qualifications and becoming a registered nurse, Mr Peridis remained with the Navy before eventually spreading his wings to work in the health system.
He's worked all over Australia and is currently in Leeton as a clinical nurse educator where he is not only teaching staff and bring them up-to-speed, but is focusing on making sure all paperwork across the board is correct and exact for the betterment of patient care.
"In nursing the main focus is our patients ... their health and safety, lesser time in hospital," Mr Peridis said.
"I enjoy all aspects of nursing."
As with any career, Mr Peridis said there were always challenges.
"Some of the harder parts is dealing with a lot of cultures, you need to know and adapt to each patient and their background," he said.
"You also need to know about staff interaction and pick up on how different people operate to get great outcomes for everyone."
Mr Peridis will soon be taking up a position in the Tasmanian health system.
In terms of attracting more younger to nursing, Mr Peridis believes it's making sure work experience options are offered, attending career expos and generally making sure the profession is pushed as an option.
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