What do you love about working with First Choice Care (FCC)?
I love the flexibility in my job as well talking to the friendly HR staff. As a university student, I desired a balance between my personal life, work and study. FCC provided me that opportunity and I have been grateful since. In addition to life balance, the FCC staff make it a breeze for me to pick up my shifts whenever and wherever. They are professional and consistent in their communication and deliver friendly service when managing my shifts.
What is your nursing specialty and what facilities/locations do you usually work at?
As a dual-degree nursing & paramedic student, I have not any majors or fields of specialty chosen in my third year of studying. However, I do hope to one day further my knowledge and understanding of the renal system as I find its intricacies and influence over the body to be both a challenging and fascinating endeavour.
Working and collaborating with mostly the elderly community has surely reinforced my motivation to observe the renal system as chronic kidney failure and diabetes-inflicted residents are often the general trend with the people I work with as an AIN. The facility I enjoy working and spend time in the most is at the Bolton Clarke aged care establishment in Thornlands. It was the first aged care facility where I kickstarted my career with FCC and have always enjoyed working with the great variety of staff and residents there.
Describe a rewarding experience you’ve had whilst working with FCC?
Every shift is a rewarding experience. I always look forward to going home, knowing that I helped a father, mother, grandmother, grandfather or a close friend of someone’s life.
If I had to specifically choose a single moment that fulfilled my feel-good meter, it would have to be that time when I got to listen to a librarian’s stories about her family. I was assisting her in feeding during lunch and she would occasionally reminisce in moments about her husband and grandchildren. She was so happy that someone was there to listen and laugh with her about how beautiful and funny her family is.
Do you enjoy the flexibility of picking and choosing shifts that suit your family/and, or lifestyle?
One hundred percent I do. As a university student, I want to enjoy my youth as much as I can before the full term of ‘Adulthood’ kicks in. With freedom of picking and choosing shifts, I can spend time with my family and friends. This has given me the opportunity to not only live the life I want, but also helped me to look after my mental health so that I will not burn out from the stresses of study and work.
What advice would you give to other nurses looking for an agency role?
Always try your best, never worry about the rest. As an agency employee, you will work in various locations with different people in both workforce and community. Being exposed to many people with distinct thought-patterns and illnesses will challenge you as both a worker and as an individual. Experience growth is inevitable, just remember we all learn and work differently in methods and pace. Good luck and I hope to see you all.