I often get asked if management is where I planned to end up... well, honestly, the answer is no. Not because I’d never thought about it, but because I never believed I was good enough. A few years into my career I had a major battle with mental health. My performance suffered and as a result I lost my job. I almost left the industry, and for years I felt incapable - like I wasn’t worth it, wasn’t smart enough or talented enough. Never in my wildest dreams did I consider the job I have now as a possibility. But what I did know was that I wanted more, and refused to give up. That experience re-sparked my desire to make a change, make a difference - and I learnt how to take care of myself.
I never thought about management because nursing was my passion, but above that, I wanted to be able to provide a stable, secure, and supportive environment for other nurses. So, I left my comfort zone and now every day I wake up and go to work with one purpose - provide for my staff the kind of workplace I wish I’d had. One where they feel safe, respected and valued. As vets and nurses, we have a responsibility to stand by each other. If I can achieve one thing in this role it’d be to help others realise they are not alone, and that compassion fatigue is not something to be ashamed of. No matter who you are, where you’ve been or what others say - you ARE enough. All it takes is faith and trust (and a little bit of pixie dust!)