Bonnie was born in Durban, a coastal town in South Africa and relocated many times with her family due to her father’s commitment to the national army.
She was a shy child and kept to herself – something that may surprise those who know her now.
It was when Bonnie and her family picked up their life and moved to Australia and she started working in aged care that she knew she wanted a career in nursing.
She started out as a Therapy Aide/Allied Health Assistant, before going on to study Nursing.
She has always been passionate about caring for people, she says. She looks back and sees it as inevitable that this would be her career.
She completed her Bachelor of Nursing through Central Queensland University in 2016 and her first experience was with Queensland Health in a Graduate Program working in Palliative Care at Redcliffe Hospital:
“I loved this experience and gained a lot of valuable clinical knowledge and an understanding of disease progression.
It gave me good grounding and an appreciation of what holistic care is all about, as well as the importance of building therapeutic relationships with not only patients, but their families and everyone involved in their care.”
Bonnie has been with BallyCara for almost two years now, coordinating the Short Term Restorative Care Program (STRC). In this very diverse role, she speaks on how much she has learnt about herself.
“It has given me the opportunity to utilise my exisiting skills as well as develop new skills. I feel like I have grown immensely as a person and as a nurse.”
Seeing and experiencing the overwhelming joy and excitement from her Clients through the BallyCara STRC Program is what she finds most rewarding.
Whilst her role is challenging and poses some difficult moments, the opportunity to help a person in their most vulnerable state to help make their life a little better brings on the feeling of great triumph for Bonnie.
“As a nurse, I think there will always be an element of learning, not only for professional development, but learning from the people we care for. Hopefully taking those experiences and becoming a better nurse and person as a result, that’s what I hope to achieve.”
She strives to be a genuine, caring person who cares deeply about the people entrusted to her care.
If you or someone you know would benefit from our STRC Program, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 272 222.
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