NURSING was a career path Jenny Stevens never really imagined herself doing, but now the lass from England says she wouldn't give her job back for quids.
Miss Stevens is currently working as a registered nurse at the Leeton District Hospital, mostly in the emergency department, but sometimes on the general war upstairs.
The bright and cheerful nurse said had never given the career path much thought until she happened to accidentally find herself in the middle of seminar on that very topic.
"My mum has a medical background, so she spoke about it a bit, but I actually by accident sat in on a nursing talk at university and I was like 'oh I quite like that'," she said.
"So I decided to do my training.
"Once I completed that I decided to come out to Australia as a backpacker. I did my training when I was 18, finished when I was 21.
"I came from a small town a little bit like Leeton, so I felt like I didn't really have any life experience.
"I ended up coming out to Australia and I just loved it.
"I travelled, backpacked and ended up in Cootamundra and that's when I knew I wanted to come back to this area."
Miss Stevens returned home to England where she worked in her chosen field at several hospitals, gaining plenty of experience along the way.
That included working at a 750-bed hospital in Liverpool where she spent time in the emergency department for five years and she was a counter-nurse specialist in the UK for a year as well.
"Once I decided to come back to Australia, it took about a year for it all to happen," she said.
"I've been here since February. I'll be here for two years."
However, when those two years are up, Miss Stevens is hopeful she can become a permanent resident and remain in Leeton.
"It's very different from the UK, but I love it," she said.
"If I get my residency, I might be doing the midwifery scholarship here in Leeton, which would be just fantastic.
"I'm really interested in going down that path."
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