Opal manager at Springwood Terrace would like to communicate how proud she is of her nurse (newly graduate) who undertook the 2021 nurse graduate program at ACN “NG is a well-motivated, caring registered nurse. NG is becoming an excellent RN within a short period of time. She has come so far from novice to a leader, critical thinker and clinical decision-maker”

Student 02 in Aged Care Transition to Practice

“The program is the first of its kind that I have seen in aged care and proven to be an excellent stepping stone for our new graduate nurses”

Student 01 in Aged Care Transition to Practice

“I do not know how I could thank Diva enough for guiding and directing us through the previous term. If she weren’t there supporting me it would have been extremely difficult.
You are the best tutor I ever had!”

Student 05 in GC Aged Care

“Proud to be a nurse at such a profound time in history”

– Hazel Bucher MACN

Hazel Bucher MACN - Australian College of Nursing
ACN Community – Hazel Bucher MACNHazel Bucher MACN

“Deciding to go to university & become an RN was a dream come true. Many thought I was crazy starting at 53. 2020 has been the best & worst year of my life thus far … I know the best is yet to come.”

– Karen Hawken MACN (Undergraduate)

Karen Hawkin MACN (Undergraduate) - Australian College of Nursing
ACN Community – Karen Hawken MACNKaren Hawken MACN

“Ever the resilient and compassionate workers – we have faced such adversity this last 12 months. Thank you to everyone – the workers, our families and communities for supporting and lifting each other through a challenging year to remember.”

– Pam D

Pam D - Australian College of Nursing
ACN Community – Pam DPam D

“I have been a nurse for over 40 years and 2020 has been the most challenging. At that same time it has been very rewarding. I have provided an audiometry service to children as a sole clinician and screened more clients and reduced my long waiting list from months down to a week. Restructuring the clinics by working smarter achieving outcomes was certainly noticed in my LHD. The client satisfaction that they were able to get a service was my reward when other services had completely shut down. I also have been the President of the audiometry nurses association providing positive leadership when others felt despair during the pandemic. Having a positive approach to life and drawing on my years of nursing experience I know this year is going to pass and we will move forward again soon. Patience & resilience are the best nursing skills to have.”

– Tracy Hawes

Tracy Hawes - Australian College of Nursing
ACN Community – Tracy HawesTracy Hawes

“2020 was an exceptional and interesting year to be a nurse. Faced with challenges from COVID, our profession rose to the challenge and we continued to deliver exceptional care. Congrats to everyone!”

– Lee Garwood MACN

Lee Garwood MACN - Australian College of Nursing
ACN Community – Lee Garwood MACNLee Garwood MACN

“A year like no other in Victoria. So blessed to have worked with a team of health care workers from across the country. Thank you for the experience and thank you for standing together! I have never been more proud to be a nurse.”

– Sarah Sida

Sarah Sida - Australian College of Nursing
ACN Community – Sarah SidaSarah Sida

“I have been nursing for more than 14 years on 3 different continents. Year 2020 for me was lonely and isolating as I cared for my patients here in Australia, while my mum lives in Italy. For my patients I had to become their family. As borders closed and communities became smaller, as a nurse I became an integral part of people’s lives. To become more effective for the betterment of my community, this year I became a Nurse Immuniser, with the help of The Australian College of Nursing. Now patients come to me not only for wound dressings, not only for Health Assessments, not only for injections. They come to me when they are at their lowest, and I am there to help.”

– Noel Paradero

Noel Paradero - Australian College of Nursing
ACN Community – Noel ParaderoNoel Paradero