After experiencing a personal tragedy, Talissha witnessed first-hand the profound effect that Nurses can have on patients and their families, and decided to pursue a career in the industry.
"The Nurses were the people who got me through that experience," said Talissha. "They were amazing, and it was during this time that I realised I wanted a career where I would be helping people,’’ she said.
Talissha went on to study Nursing at JCU and after graduating in 2007, began working in the Intensive Care Unit at Mater Private Hospital Townsville.
12 years later, Talissha is a busy mum of three children and is still as passionate as ever about helping people.
Having our training in a real life setting, rather than in a classroom or online, gives a better outcome for the individual, the organisation and ultimately, the patients.Talissha Wagner
In her current role she leads a team, who, in partnership with other teams within the Hospital, are responsible for the training, development and education of all 900 staff.
One of the key projects she is working on is to include more simulation training.
"Having our training in a real life setting, rather than in classrooms or online, gives a better outcome for the individual, the organisation and ultimately, the patients,’’ she said.
When Talissha is not at work, her life doesn’t slow down, especially with a FIFO husband.
"I am always on the go. All three of my kids play sports, so I am always running around taking them to training or events,’’ she said.
"I love the people here – we are a big family and we all look out for each other, both at work and in our everyday lives.’’