A new role for Monique in Frankston

As new Nurse Unit Manager at St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital, Monique says the support and encouragement from the team has made her feel at home after only three months.

18 Oct 2022

For prospective newcomers to Australia, the process of relocating and assimilating can be a daunting task but when you listen to Monique talk about her experience in recently joining St John of God Health Care, you can rest assured that being made to feel welcome at work will be the least of your concerns if you join St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital

“I think when you walk through the doors of St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital, you really feel like you’ve landed in a safe space,” says Monique. 

“The staff are warm and welcoming, and I’ve always felt genuinely supported by the people around me.”

Monique has only been working as a nurse unit manager with St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital for three months, however during that short time she’s experienced first-hand the ongoing support offered to new members of the team. 

“Being a new caregiver and manager at the hospital, I feel that I’ve been given an amazing opportunity to be part of an organisation that really promotes good mentoring and support of its new staff.

“I consistently feel cared for in the workplace. From the CEO, Lisa Norman, who knows me by name and who’s happy to have a chat at any moment, to our Director of Nursing and our coordinator, who have a great open door policy and who are there at any time, ready to chat and listen … ready to problem solve.”

The added advantage of working in Frankston is the close proximity it has to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula ─ a destination nestled between the hinterland and the coast. One that is home to wineries, galleries, spas, seaside villages, and a variety of cafes and restaurants boasting gourmet seasonal food selections. 

With the beach located less than five kilometres from the Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital, Monique sums up why living and working in this area is the best.

“It’s definitely a very relaxed lifestyle. We’re very outdoorsy. The beach is really close by,” explains Monique.

“My kids have lots of space to run and play and feel free.”