Help­ing peo­ple re­tain their dig­nity

BE IN­SPIRED: Am­ber March­esini, part-time per­sonal carer at Seaton Aged Care, VET in Schools grad­u­ate

Warwick Daily News - - Careers -

Why health?

I’VE wanted to do some­thing with help­ing peo­ple since I was in Year 9. It feels good to be able to help some­one and help peo­ple with their in­de­pen­dence, and it’s im­por­tant to help them keep their dig­nity. I’m mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the world.

How did you make it hap­pen?

I thought do­ing a course would be a good way to go. I de­cided to go with the Aus­tralian Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Fed­er­a­tion – they pro­mote good learn­ing, plus my friend went there, she’s an en­rolled nurse and said the fa­cil­i­ties, learn­ing and teach­ers are re­ally great. I learned so much. I got this job through the place­ment I did there.

What’s it like be­ing a carer?

The best part of the job is I get to meet so many peo­ple. I think it’s a beau­ti­ful thing be­ing able to help some­one who’s un­able to help them­selves, to help them be more in­de­pen­dent, that’s my favourite part about be­ing a per­sonal carer. As a teenager, work­ing in a nurs­ing home can be pretty full-on. Peo­ple pass­ing away is the hard­est part about the job. It can be hard to keep pro­fes­sional be­cause you have such good re­la­tion­ships with all the peo­ple here.

What next?

I ap­plied to a Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing. Be­ing a per­sonal carer has been a step­ping stone for me to learn about the nurs­ing home and car­ing for peo­ple. I feel more con­fi­dent and I def­i­nitely want to go fur­ther up.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CA­REER PATH: Am­ber March­esini with aged care res­i­dent Betty Brown. Am­ber did a VET Health Ser­vices As­sis­tance Cer­tifi­cate 3 at Aus­tralian Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre in Year 11 and 12. The nurs­ing as­so­ci­a­tion is get­ting more young peo­ple to con­sider a ca­reer in aged care.

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