SUSAN Pettigrew was just 16 years old when she became a nurse and began her lifelong calling to help people.
Ms Pettigrew was living in England when she decided to build on a natural instinct to care for people, earning her nursing qualification in 1980.
Now living in Champion Lakes and based in Rivervale, she has carried on this passion in Perth’s home care and residential care sector for almost 30 years.
Ms Pettigrew’s dedication to helping and supporting older people live independently in their homes as part of Amana Living’s home care division has seen her named a finalist in the 2018 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award in the Excellence in Primary, Public and Community Care category.
“I am in a privileged position as a nurse, I interact with clients daily and have the ability to influence their wellbeing and also their family,” Ms Pettigrew said.
“It’s an honour to be recognised for a job I love doing and a role that gives me the opportunity to make a difference to someone’s day.
“Nursing really is a fabulous profession as it opens so many doors and you can work across a variety of different fields.”
WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards winners will be announced on May 12.