Celebrating International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, in honour of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.
The experience of losing a loved one has a way of putting life in perspective and making you focus on what’s important. For Talissha Wagner the personal tragedy of losing her daughter inspired her to make a difference in the lives of others by becoming a nurse.
“There was something about the amazing care I received from the nurses and midwives that led me to realise that this is what I wanted to do,” she said.
It wasn’t long into her training that she was certain she’d made the right decision.
“After completing an amazing student placement in the ICU at Mater, I know I had found my calling and my passion,” she said.
“More than anything I love the really special relationships I’ve been able to build with both patients and my colleagues. This place is my second family.”
Talissha’s been part of the Mater family for 13 years now. Since finding her calling she’s completed her Bachelor of Nursing Science, postgraduate certificates in intensive care and clinical teaching, and a Masters of Nursing Leadership.
While she’s worked in many roles at the hospital in that time, she’s now taking on the important role as Manager of Organisational Development.
She says although nursing is an extremely demanding career, anyone who’s thinking about becoming a nurse should give it a go.
“Take a chance and do it!” she said.
“There are so many different streams of nursing available, so you will be sure to find an area or specialty that you love!
“Nursing is the best career choice I could have made. I couldn’t be happier with the decision.”