August Healthcare Hero - Abbey

As part of the International Year of Health and Care Workers, we give people the chance, each month, to nominate their healthcare hero to go in the running to win an eGift card. 

We caught up with our August winner, Abbey, to talk about her nursing career.

What’s your name and job?

Hi, my name is Abbey!

Tell us a little about what you do?

I am a nurse working in a hospital in Melbourne. I work with a variety of doctors in all different specialties. I enjoy working in plastic surgery the most. In 2020 and 2021 I was working in COVID wards, doing 12 hour days.

How long have you been working in your field?

I have been a nurse for 8 years. I have been in my current role for 5 years.  

Was this always your dream job? If not, what changed your mind?

Yes, I have always wanted to be a nurse. I remember dressing up as a nurse when I was little. 

What do you love most about your job?

I enjoy helping people, making them feel comfortable and developing close bonds with the patients. It is an extremely rewarding career.  

What advice do you have for anyone looking to get into the field?

Do it!! There are so many job opportunities. You can work in a hospital, doctor's clinics, become an educator, cosmetic.... the list goes on. 

What’s your wind-down routine after a shift?

To be honest I go home shower and then sit on the couch haha.

What do you do in your spare time?

I absolutely love doing reformer Pilates. It is a great form of exercise, and it really makes me switch off from everything.

Have you ever had a patient that has inspired you?

All my patients inspire me, they are so brave and positive, it is truly inspiring.  

If you were a superhero, what would your power be?

To be able to teleport. That would be amazing!

Head to our Facebook page to nominate a healthcare hero you know. We select a nominated healthcare hero each month to win a $100 gift card. As the person nominating, you’ll also receive a $100 gift card if selected.