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A childhood nursing dream realised

Registered Nurse Charlyn Ocdinaria believes nursing is more than just a job, it’s a calling. Here, she talks us through her nursing journey.

“When I was young I used to take care of my grandmother and she would always say, ‘I think you’d make a great nurse one day’. So after I finished secondary school in the Philippines I studied nursing.

“I came to Australia in 2016 and then in 2018 I was living across the road from Austin Street, VMCH’s home for younger people with acquired brain injuries. Initially I had wanted to work in a hospital but I got the job at Austin Street and I’m so glad I did, because I really get to connect with the residents, they are more like family than clients to me.

“My role is quite challenging. Our residents have complex physical, cognitive and sensory needs. As well as taking care of their day-today medical needs, I collaborate with healthcare providers to help support and achieve our residents’ goals. I love working as part of a team. I also enjoy getting to know residents’ families. Often they will say ‘I’m so glad you’re working today’ and that it gives them peace to know I’m caring for their loved one.

“Nursing is what I’m passionate about. I really like taking care of people and I couldn’t imagine working myself working in any other field. It’s not just about giving medications, we really put our hearts into caring for people and supporting them to make a positive impact on their life.”