Nigel joined the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District as one of the graduate nurses earlier this year. His first rotation is at the Portland Tublum Health Center, which provides residential aged care, general and community health services, and a variety of outpatient-related health services.
Nigel, who entered the world of nursing as an adult graduate, knew that deciding where to start his career would also affect his wife and children. Nigel grew up in rural New South Wales and Queensland, and when the opportunity arose to live and work in the picturesque Portland area, it felt like the right move for his family.
“The rural environment is what I know and I appreciate like-minded people. I moved here to work and live. We sold and bought here at Warerawan,” says Nigel.
“So new, I’m still half resident and half tourist. I love the idea of being outdoors. It’s a good place to live and raise a family.”
His experience at Portland Tabulam Health Center was equally positive.
“It’s been great. Great residents, great staff and a great manager. I always feel part of the team and supported. There’s never a shortage of people to answer any questions.” says Nigel.
Although he has not specified a nursing specialty, Nigel’s next rotation in the operating room and inpatient ward at Lithgow Hospital will give him a broad exposure to the care of patients with diverse needs. Whatever the future holds, Nigel is content with the status quo.
“It’s great to be a contributing member of the community again. It was easy to imagine being here in Portland. Life is going well.”
https://www.nsw.gov.au/health/nbmlhd/news/stories/new-nurse-returns-to-rural-roots New nurse returns to rural roots