Registered Nurse, Gunyah Ward
The Sutherland Hospital
“Working in oncology makes you value the little things in life. I feel really happy spending time with family - even something as simple as watching the sunset with my husband.
We looked after a lady who was in the coma stage, where we thought any moment now she’s going to pass away. She had a husband and son that would visit on separate occasions. Her coma went on for about 3 weeks. It got to a point where I said to the husband: ‘Is there something you think she’s waiting for? I feel like she wants to let go, but she’s still hanging on.’ And he said to me: ‘I don’t know if you’ve noticed but my son probably comes to visit when I’m not here. She’s always wanted us to get along, but we don’t speak to each other.’ I suggested they come into the room together, just once, for her. So one afternoon they both came in and they started some small talk and she passed away. I feel like she was waiting. It was emotional, as she would have heard that they were both in the room together.
My mother is a registered nurse and I remember being little and going to visit her in the hospital. I remember seeing her interact with her patients and how much they loved her, so I just wanted to do the same thing.”