This young Enrolled Nurse fell in love with caring for our Veterans

Kayla_DSS
Kayla, 21, found caring for those who served the country a beautiful experience. [Source: Supplied]

For Kayla, caregiving isn’t just a job – it’s a calling. 

Veterans’ care had never been on Kayla’s radar prior to entering her Diploma of Nursing through TAFE, but the 21-year-old found the work rewarding and a way to give back to those who had served on behalf of the nation. 

After just two weeks of placement at an aged care facility as part of her diploma, Kayla found herself providing care and support for veterans and war widows and knew aged care would give her a supercharged kickstart to her nursing career.

Forming close bonds with veterans and listening to their stories made going into work the highlight of her day.

“I would head home and want to go back into work the next day as early as I could… I didn’t want to miss out on our time together.”

As soon as she graduated from her Diploma, Kayla jumped on the phone to the same facility to ask about positions where she eventually landed herself a role as an Enrolled Nurse team leader. In this role, she leads a team of care staff and provides nursing assistance for residents in areas like medication, reviewing care plans and providing referrals. Kayla has also started studying to take the next step and become a Registered Nurse.

Taking on a leadership position has been a welcome challenge for Kayla, who continues to learn a great deal from her colleagues and the veterans she cares for.

Having commemorated ANZAC Day at the facility with an in-house memorial, Kayla is looking forward to developing her knowledge as she continues caring for those who have served. Working with veterans means every day is an opportunity to appreciate the little things and bring smiles to the faces of those who have dedicated their lives to serving their country.

“What has struck me working in veterans’ care is that I’ve never been happier… There’s this stigma that working with older people is going to be sad, but it’s truly been the most beautiful experience,” she explained. 

Kayla highly recommends a career in the care sector for other nursing graduates, particularly as the industry is screaming out for workers.

“I put it on the same level as midwifery,” said Kayla. 

“You’re not bringing in a life but you’re helping someone live out their life in the most comfortable way that you can. That brings a sense of peace and joy unlike anything else.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Good on you Kayla.
    So many nurses don’t have the time or compassion to work in aged care and hearing your story is inpirational and hopefully inspires other nurses, especially graduates into the industry.
    Like you I find it so rewarding and feel very priveleged to care for people in the last part of their life.
    It is my passion to provide the best care and assist the residents to live their best life at this time.
    They are a joy to be around.
    All the best with your RN studies, and I would highly recommend a post grad in Aged Care.
    Shirl
    CN/Aged Care
    Post Grad Aged Care
    MACN

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Incontinence: Fundamentally, It’s About Dignity, say Aged Care Minister

Incontinence is a condition that affects more than 4.8 million Australians and is associated with a number of health challenges. Not only can it profoundly affect an individual’s quality of life, but it can also impact those around them. Incontinence describes any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or bowel... Read More

Staff and families need a seat on the board if we are going to fix aged care

Australians are right to be ashamed of our nation’s aged-care crisis. We owe our elders so much better. They are repositories of wisdom, vocational knowledge and tradition. They reared us, cared for us, built our workplaces and economy, defended our nation in war, and made us into the people we are. Yet the ongoing royal... Read More

How well do COVID vaccines work in the real world?

Many Australians will be weighing up whether to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is widely available, or to wait for Pfizer later in the year. Read More
Advertisement