• From Bordertown to Bellevue – Vicky’s Nursing Journey

    Congratulations to Resthaven Bellevue Heights Registered Nurse, Vicky Kaur, who was recently awarded a scholarship to complete her Certificate II in Continence Promotion and Management.

    Vicky RNIt has been a long journey to this point for Vicky, who migrated to Australia from India in 2009.

    ‘In India, I completed a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Library and Information Science, Master of Library and Information Science, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications,’ says Vicky.

    ‘I worked as a teacher and a librarian for about nine years.’

    ‘However, after I moved to Australia with my two children, I couldn’t find work in my field.’

    ‘I was working in Bordertown at the hospital, and I really got inspired and motivated by the staff there to do nursing.’

    ‘I moved to Adelaide to study, and eventually gained a position as a personal carer at Resthaven Bellevue Heights in 2013.’

    Vicky worked as a personal carer as she finished her nursing degree at Flinders University.

    ‘In 2015, I started working as a Registered Nurse, and, in 2016, was successful in my application for the role of Continence Nurse Advisor (CNA),’ Vicky says.

    ‘From October 2016, I also worked in the role of Relieving Clinical Nurse at Resthaven Port Elliot, Bellevue Heights and Marion.’

    ‘Working in aged care, I feel like I am home with my parents and grandparents. I used to miss them a lot in the beginning, because they were all left behind in India and I was so far away.’

    ‘Life was hard, and I used to feel lonely.’

    ‘However, the time spent at work looking after residents was like being in heaven; I think working with older people helped me to settle. I fell in love with this profession.’

    ‘Moreover, my hard work and dedication has been appreciated and recognised by Resthaven, which has given me more encouragement. I completed a Leadership development program with Resthaven in 2016.’

    ‘I will keep trying my best to do good work for the residents and the organisation.’

    ‘This scholarship will help me to make better decisions, and lead a team in a better way, and ultimately provide better quality services to our customers.’

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