Graduate nurses make it onto the wards
NURSING was something that had sat in the back of Brett Zaferis's mind for as long as he could remember.
Both his parents were nurses but his life took a different turn.
Now, after 39 years, a career in music and IT, and two children, Mr Zaferis is officially a registered nurse.
He said job diversity was the major drawcard.
"The difference between what I'm doing now in theatre, which is all clinical, it's a lot of procedures, while working on the ward we get to communicate with the patients more," Mr Zaferis said.
He said it was a relief to have finally finished study.
"There was a lot of self-directed study which I found hard being more of a mature student."
The graduate nurse, along with several of his peers, was officially welcomed by the Lismore Base Hospital yesterday morning.
Deb Schneider, from Casino, was another newly graduated registered nurse after 33 years working as an enrolled nurse.
"There's a lot more responsibility as a registered nurse," she said.
Despite her extensive background in nursing, Ms Schneider said she found it difficult to get back into study mode.
"When I went to school there wasn't essay writing and the computers drove you mad sometimes, but I struggled and got through and did better than I ever thought I did," she said.
"Both my children were so proud of me and they both sent me messages and told me how proud they are and I think that made it all worthwhile."
In the Richmond area there are 28 full-time new graduate registered nurses and midwives, who will undertake three placements of four months each.
The nurses will gain experience working in orthopaedic, surgical, emergency and medical wards at hospitals and medical centres around the region.