Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Living the dream

Kirsten Cottone May 4, 2016
TREATING RESIDENTS LIKE FAMILY… From left, Shepparton Villages resident, Barbara Ingram and Division 2 nurse, Robyn Herbert, administering some ‘TLC’ at Shepparton Villages. Photo: Emma Hillier.

TREATING RESIDENTS LIKE FAMILY… From left, Shepparton Villages resident, Barbara Ingram and Division 2 nurse, Robyn Herbert, administering some ‘TLC’ at Shepparton Villages. Photo: Emma Hillier.

ROBYN Herbert’s raison d’être is making residents smile and improving their day, and she gets the opportunity to live this out as a nurse at Shepparton Villages.

“What makes this place so special is that we get to build relationships with the people we care for. It’s very homely, with a real family environment,” Robyn said.

Since she was a little girl, Robyn has always wanted to be a nurse, but found herself immersed in life as a busy mum with a car detailing business, for many years.

For the past five years, though, she set about fulfilling her dream, and has found great satisfaction where she now works.

“Another huge advantage of working at Shepparton Villages is the flexibility they provide to permanent part-time workers. At the end of the day, I can choose.”

And it’s true that Shepparton Villages is able to provide multiple pathways for personal care workers and registered nurses and can cater to flexible casual employment.

There are also exceptional in-house and external education and training opportunities, of which Robyn has availed herself recently.

“I’ve just been to TAFE for a couple of days to do an update on clinical skills. There is an atmosphere here where this kind of career advancement is enabled and encouraged, and there are opportunities for leadership roles within the workplace as well.

“The smaller facility, compared with some of the larger institutions, gives me the opportunity to have real conversations with the residents and hear about their pasts. I really treat them all like they are my parents,” Robyn said.

To further investigate career opportunities, or possible placement in one of the various strata of residences, visit Shepparton Villages at 9 Batman Avenue, or phone 5832 0800.