Paige was just 15 years old when she first started working in aged care through a school-based traineeship. Graduating high school with a Personal Care Worker qualification, she then studied to become an Enrolled Nurse and joined a hospital in a surgical ward. Her love of learning saw her go on to achieve her Registered Nurse qualification, but she soon realised that aged care was her true calling.
What do you love about nursing at Vincent Court?
Aged care is where my heart lies. I love that I can support Vincent Court residents to live their best life by providing them with tailored care, dignity and respect. We treat each resident as a unique individual, and to look after them in their home is an honour and a privilege.
How are you supported to use your clinical skills to put residents first?
At Vincent Court, I am empowered by my leadership team to case manage and coordinate resident-focused care. My clinical skills are always highly valued and it’s wonderful to work in such a collaborative team that places the residents first. The systems and processes we have in place enhance our nursing care, and our Carers are empowered to work closely with us and the allied health providers.
How do you make a positive difference to residents?
We use best-practice clinical assessments to identify any medical changes or issues as early as possible so that we can act quickly. But it’s much more than this. Every day, we balance clinical excellence with kindness and that’s a pretty amazing thing. At the end of each shift, I know I’ve made someone’s day better.
What would you say to others considering a Nursing career in aged care?
It’s a challenging and highly rewarding career. It’s our job to be there for the residents and use our compassion and empathy to make a difference. I don’t think there are that many other careers where you can honestly say you enlighten someone’s life.
At Vincent Court, we love supporting our Nurses like Paige who are passionate about making a difference to residents.