Chelsea is 15 years strong

After completing her graduate program at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, Chelsea has gone from strength to strength in leadership roles, leading to her current position as the Nurse Unit Manager of the Emergency Department.

2 Nov 2022

Why did you join us? 

My interest in coming to work at St John of God Murdoch Hospital started when I was at university. St John of God Murdoch Hospital came to advertise a program, which enabled me to start working during my nursing training. I took the opportunity and haven’t looked back.

What do you enjoy most about working with us? 

What I enjoy most about working at St John of God Murdoch Hospital is that it's like my second home. I spend a lot of time here, which is great.

I've gotten to know my fellow caregivers so closely, which means that coming to work has always been a pleasure. We've grown together as professionals and I've never looked elsewhere to work.

What opportunities have you received while working with us? 

I was lucky enough to be an inaugural participant in the ‘Ready to Thrive’ program, which granted me opportunity to do LEO, which is our ‘Leading an Empowered Organisation’ course for leaders, as well as resilience training. I was also chosen to become a ‘See Me as a Person’ facilitator, and I absolutely adore running this program.

I am very lucky to have been offered these opportunities. We run many unique development programs at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, which no other hospitals in Australia have access to. 

What do you love about living in Perth? 

I have always lived in Perth - I studied in Perth and I grew up in Perth. I absolutely love the weather here, including the beach life. There are so many amazing places to take the family and kids.

On the weekends or during downtime, we're often travelling around locally in Perth and down in our Margaret River wine region.

What do you want other people to know about working with St John of God Health Care? 

St John of God Health Care is fantastic at recognising your own personal strengths and working with you to develop a career plan. They look at the big picture and are able to help you grow in the direction that you want to grow. There are plenty of opportunities interdivisionally and a number of programs to become involved in and committees to be a part of – like our Thrive councils.

If you want to be a part of something bigger, St John of God Murdoch Hospital absolutely support you.

How do you socialise with your team outside of work? 

In a critical care area, we are under a lot of stress and pressure that we cope with so well during the day, which means we need plenty of time to relax afterwards – and we do this so well together.

We have a famous wine tour that we go on most years which includes exploring our local wine regions. 

We also participate in all of the wonderful St John of God Murdoch Hospital activities like our Christmas party and Ball. There are also plenty of celebrations of the big wins here and we all get as involved as we can.

The Emergency Department also have our wonderful Swan River cruise that we do every year, which is a real hoot.

What does St John of God Health Care do to make you feel cared about in the workplace? 

I feel really cared for by my peers. The community here at St John of God Murdoch is unmatched. We have camaraderie that supports us through the toughest of times. We have gotten through some of the hardest nursing months of our career and we've done that together.

I am so supported by the team that I work with.
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