Meet Kerry, a Clinical Nurse with the Older Persons Community Mental Health Team in Rockhampton

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Kerry uses her years of nursing and life experience to support older people through her work as a Clinical Nurse with the Older Persons Community Mental Health Team in Rockhampton.

She has worked her way through the ranks, starting in aged care and as a personal carer and disability support worker in the community. She worked as an Assistant in Nursing while becoming an Enrolled Nurse. She developed a passion for learning and pursued her career to become a Registered Nurse, then went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing.

Specialising in mental health nursing has allowed time to spend with consumers, listening to and valuing their stories and building a genuine rapport with them.

“It’s about building rapport with someone on a personal level that makes a difference.”

Kerry finds her work in the community very rewarding. She loves being involved in coordinating care between the psychiatrist, the consumer, and other community support services. This includes but is not limited to liaising with aged care facilities, GPs, pharmacists, and other allied community support services.

“It’s not just about medication administration or mental health assessments, but involves psychological support, social support, and referrals to other specialist services for that whole wrap-around holistic care.”

As well as making a real difference to her clients’ lives, Kerry loves the fact that she now enjoys working Monday to Friday. After doing her fair share of shift work, she’s grateful to now enjoy having a better work-life balance which allows her to spend time with her family, which includes seven much-loved grandchildren.

She also enjoys her lifestyle living on the Capricorn Coast, which is just 40 minutes from her work in Rockhampton, where she makes full use of beautiful beach for walks with her golden retriever Ruby.

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