International Nurses Day on Sunday, May 12, will celebrate the importance of nurses in the community.
Elizabeth Vernooy has been a nurse for 32 years and has worked at Rockingham General Hospital for eight years.
“I am from South Africa and moved to Australia 10 years ago,” she said.
“Being a nurse is a childhood dream come true.
“In Year 7 at school I dreamt of being a nurse.”
Ms Vernooy said working in the intensive care unit could be challenging, with highs and lows.
“It can be a rapidly changing environment,” she said.
“I deal with it in a calm and professional manner; you can’t stress.
“We share the joy with the family when someone recovers. We also have to support the family when someone passes away.”
Ms Vernooy said sometimes if patients were |drug-affected they could |be aggressive.
“I was assaulted once; he kicked me and there was a moment of fear,” she said.
“But we have security, so I do feel safe working in my environment.”
Ms Vernooy said she was a positive person and passionate about nursing.
She recommended anyone interested in nursing to consider it as a career.
“The sky is the limit,” she said.
International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
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