In our words 

Stories and reflections from Queensland's nurses and midwives

 
When the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, no one could have foreseen that the value and contribution of our professions would be so in the spotlight. Communities around the world have seen first-hand the importance, power and value of the work of nurses, midwives and other health workers.
 
The words of Queensland’s nurses and midwives in these stories focus on the “why” - why we do what we do. We called upon our members to share their stories. Some are funny, some are sad, some are inspiring, and some are about our everyday routine work. 
 
But fundamentally, the stories are about people and relationships. We hope you enjoy reading these stories, and when doing so, reflect and celebrate the importance of the work we do. 
 
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Pathways

Ali Moloney

Ali Moloney is a Registered Nurse who works in Education and in an Emergency Department.

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Samantha Horgan

Samantha Horgan is a Clinical Nurse Consultant and Nurse Navigator at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, specialising in general paediatrics transition.

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Angela Fischer

Angela Fischer has been a nurse since 2008.  She is an Anaesthetic Nurse at Logan Hospital in the operating theatre.

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Mary Batch

Mary Batch is a Clinical Nurse at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital specialising in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. She has been a nurse since 1971.

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Maree Hill

Maree Hill is a Registered Nurse working in the Education department at Mater Hospital in Brisbane.  She has been a nurse for more than 10 years.

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Helen Rugg

Helen Rugg is an Enrolled Nurse at Gold Coast Private Hospital in the Oncology department.

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Julia Suarez

Julia Suarez is a Registered Nurse at Logan Hospital’s paediatric department.

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Megan Sara

Megan Sara is a Registered Nurse at Logan Hospital’s operating theatre.

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Nicola Hall

Nicola Hall is a Registered Nurse and is working as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the stroke team at Logan Hospital. She has been a nurse for more than 34 years.

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Tracey Petersen

Tracey Petersen is a Clinical Nurse at Bowen Hospital. She has been a nurse since 1999.

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Gwen Blom

Gwendolyn Blom is an Enrolled Nurse and Clinical Midwife at West Moreton Children’s Health department.

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Amanda Mathiot

Amanda Mathiot is a Registered Nurse at Mareeba Community Health working in vision screening while also working as a student Midwife at Cairns Hospital.

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Shelley Nowlan

Shelley Nowlan is the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for Queensland Health. She has been in health care for over 30 years.

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Michelle Garner

Michelle Garner is the Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery and Clinical Services for Queensland Health and an Endorsed Nurse Practitioner. She has been nursing for over 25 years.

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Genoveva Phillips

Genoveva Phillips has been a nurse since 1979.  She is a Registered Nurse working in mental health at the Community Care Unit in Coorparoo.

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Donna Layden

Donna Layden has been a nurse since 2002. She is a Clinical Nurse in the school based youth health program, working out of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.

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Anthony Clayton

Anthony Clayton has been involved with nursing since 1994. He is now a retired Enrolled Nurse who previously worked in Aged Care. 

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Moments

Ainsley Stock

Ainsley Stock is a Clinical Nurse at Brisbane’s Hummingbird House palliative care hospice for children.

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Denise Petersen

Denise Petersen is a Clinical Nurse and Resident Care Manager at Cairns Hospital and works in Pediatrics and Oncology.

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Margaret Wendt

Margaret Wendt is a Midwife working in Maternity at Logan Hospital. She has been a midwife since 1985.

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Angela Manthey

Angela Manthey is a Registered Nurse at Brisbane’s Rockpool Residential Aged Care.

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Jennifer Nichols

Jennifer Nichols teaches aged care nursing at TAFE. She started her nursing career in 1998 and worked as an Assistant-in-Nursing in aged care facilities.

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Emma Murphy

Emma Murphy is a Registered Nurse working in Aged Care. She has been a nurse since 2017.

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Helen Zahos

Helen Zahos is a Registered Nurse working in the Emergency Department at Gold Coast University Hospital. She has been a nurse for more than 20 years.

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Tammy Copley

Tammy Copley is a Registered Nurse and Midwife specialising in child health.

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Sharon Taylor

Sharon Taylor is an Assistant in Nursing, working at Opal Caloundra’s aged care facility.

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Kate Bellert

Kate Bellert is a Registered Nurse at Mater Hospital Rockhampton specialising in rehabilitation. She has been a nurse since 1997.

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John Gunner

John Gunner is a Registered Nurse, currently working at the QNMU as an Organiser. He has been a nurse since 2012.

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Debra Tyrrell

Debra Tyrrell has been a nurse since 1975. She is a Clinical Nurse at Logan Hospital working in mental health.

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Beth Mohle

Beth Mohle is Secretary of the QNMU. Beth started her nursing career in 1983 at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and completed her training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. 

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Celia Volp

Celia Volp is a Registered Nurse at Toowoomba Hospital working in the Nursing Support Unit. She is also currently an Organiser with the QNMU. She has been a nurse since 2009.

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Ben Minnis

Ben Minnis is a Registered Nurse working in the Emergency Department at Mater Public Hospital in Brisbane. He has been a nurse for more than 17 years.

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Kathryn Heggarty

Kathryn Heggarty is an Assistant in Nursing currently working in Aged Care. She has been nursing since 2014.

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Jaimi Inwood

Jaimi Inwood is an Enrolled Nurse Advanced Practice at Sunshine Coast Hospital’s general medical and renal wards.

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Joan Campbell

Joan Campbell has been a nurse since 1969. She is currently a Clinical Care Manager in Aged Care.

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Lyn Howells

Lyn Howells is Registered Nurse at Caboolture Hospital specialising in paediatrics. She has been a nurse since 1972.

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Fae Morgan

Fae Morgan is a Clinical Nurse Consultant at Cairns Hospital in the Palliative Care Telehealth.

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Faye Tomlin

Faye Tomlin is a Nurse Practitioner working in the Palliative Care Community Health department in Rockhampton. She has ben a nurse for more than 27 years.

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Rachael Johnson

Rachael Johnson has been a nurse since 2009. She is currently a Registered Nurse at Queensland Children’s Hospital in neurosurgery.

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Tracy O’Farrell

Tracy O’Farrell has been a nurse since 1985. She is a Registered Nurse in the specialist clinic at Innisfail Hospital.

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Insights

Dr Robyn Henderson

Dr Robyn Henderson is the Executive Nursing and Midwifery Adviser for Queensland Health. She has been a nurse for more than 45 years.

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Michael Hall

Michael Hall is a Registered Nurse and Midwife at Beaudesert Hospital specialising in maternity.

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Jocelyn Toohill

Jocelyn Toohill is a Midwife working in the clinical excellence area for Queensland Health’s Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer. She has been a midwife for over 39 years.

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Caroline Delaforce

Caroline Delaforce has been a nurse since 1986. She is a Clinical Nurse at Bayside Adult Mental Health.

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Janelle Taylor

Janelle Taylor is a Nurse Unit Manager working at The Prince Charles Hospital in the Cardiology ward. She has been a nurse since 1981.

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Kerry Kynaston

Kerry Kynaston is a Clinical Nurse at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre working in Prison Health.

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Alanna Geary

Alanna Geary is the Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Services for Metro North Hospital and Health Service. She has been a nurse and midwife for nearly 40 years.

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Julie Rampton

Julie Rampton is the Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services at Mackay Hospital and Health Service. She has worked in nursing for over 40 years.

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Frances Hughes

Dr Frances Hughes is a Registered Nurse and General Manager of Oceania Healthcare Nursing and Clinical. She has been nursing since 1976.

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Patsy Yates

Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health at QUT. Patsy is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in education and research in the health sector.

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