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CAPABLE. CONFIDENT. CARING. GRADUATE ENROLLED NURSE GRACE SINCLAIR IS CAPABLE, CONFIDENT AND CARING. While she might occasionally miss Christmas day with her family, a friend’s birthday party or even a customary Australia Day BBQ, you can rest assured that Grace will never miss a shift and will be by your, or a loved one’s, bedside in time of need. “Nursing’s always been something I’ve been interested in, but I was scared that I might not have what it takes to be a good nurse,” Grace said. Grace put her worries aside and decided to enrol in nursing at TAFE Queensland East Coast to see if she had the ability to join one of the most challenging but diverse and rewarding professions in the world. “TAFE was the obvious choice for me and for what I wanted to do – care for people,” Grace said. Like a lot of people, Grace is all too familiar with caring for loved ones coping with serious illnesses. Over the space of three short years, Grace became quite accustomed to the inside of hospitals and nursing homes. “I listened to them when they needed to talk things through. I became the friendly face next to their LEFT Grace Sinclair PHOTO BY Amanda Fiedler

bedside, even when they didn’t recognise me. I was there for them no matter what they needed,” Grace said. After completing her Diploma earlier this year, Grace is now a Graduate Enrolled Nurse with Ramsay Health Care working in the Cardiology Ward at the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital in the new Health Precinct at Kawana. “I care for people who’ve had heart attacks, are having chest pains or any other cardiac related issues,” Grace said. “I monitor patient’s hearts and report to cardiologists so they can effectively diagnose the disease and determine the most appropriate recovery or management plan.” “The most important part of my role is to simply support people, be there for them, listen to them, and care for them.” “We help them through the shock of it all. We help them work through the fear, uncertainty and doubt of ‘what next’,” she said. Working at Ramsay, Grace appreciates how lucky she is to work with so many committed and highly skilled nurses. Her skills and training are now second nature and the scared student has blossomed into a capable, confident and caring professional. “I love nursing. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” Grace said. “To me, Ramsay’s philosophy of ‘People Caring for People’ is what nursing’s all about. I’ll be a nurse forever,” she said.

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