BECOMING a nurse was always something that was in the back of Tash Walsh's mind.
Miss Walsh this week completed her first shift at Leeton District Hospital's emergency department (ED) and was thrilled to be experiencing everything the career has to offer.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing from Charles Sturt University in Wagga, Miss Walsh has mostly been working in Griffith, but she's excited to now be picking up shifts in her home town.
"It's always been something I thought I wanted to do, it's just taken me a while to get there," she said.
"After I had kids I wanted to do nursing as something for me and I always thought it could be something I would have a passion for.
"I've got family that have been nurses before."
This is Miss Walsh's second year in nursing following her graduation and she's loving every moment.
"Graduating was such a great feeling," she said.
"I guess there was a real sense of accomplishment that I had finally done it.
"I've been working in Griffith, but it's great to be here in Leeton as well.
"This is my hometown, so it's nice to be able to work at Leeton hospital and give a little bit back."
Miss Walsh said her passion was nursing in the emergency department and she was looking forward to experiencing that side of the career more often.
She will be able to do so with her work in Griffith and Leeton, but also in Wagga.
"I love it, it's my passion," Miss Walsh said.
"It's a massive challenge. I'm looking forward to building my experience in this area."
Nursing is something Miss Walsh said may be a challenge, but it was one that continually has her thinking on her feet and learning more each day.
"It gives me a sense of accomplishment, I really enjoy it," she said.
"You always have your moments ... seeing what families and the patients go through can be hard."
Miss Walsh hopes more young people take up the career and said having nurses speak to students at career expos could be one way of encouraging them to do so.
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