Nursing has been a life-altering journey for 21-year-old Gina Rambadl-Dent, leading her abroad and enabling her to care for her younger brother.

Ms Rambadl-Dent grew up around Logan and graduated from Mabel Park State High School in 2020.

Despite facing “a variety of hardships” throughout her childhood, it was a career in nursing that turned her life around.

She completed qualifications in nursing and began her traineeship while in year 11.

“I absolutely loved it and fell in love with nursing,” Ms Rambadl-Dent said.

“After I finished, I then applied for an assistant in nursing (AIN) job on the casual pool in April 2020 and was then successful.

“I was still in year twelve at the time, however I used to go to school in the morning and pick up afternoon shifts starting at 2:30pm – I also worked weekends.”

She said working in healthcare was empowering and enabled her to be a carer for her younger brother.

“Having such a fantastic job while still in school really empowered me and allowed me to make a positive change to my life,” Ms Rambadl-Dent said.

“I then was able to move out of home at 17 and have never looked back.

“I am still fully independent at the age of 21 and now also care for my 16-year-old brother.”

Working in the hospital allowed her to learn new environments every day.

“I took a particular interest in the birthing suites environment as it was always busy and anything could happen at every moment,” Ms Rambadl-Dent said.

“I’m now a permanent AIN in birthing suites and have been there for three years.

“I am also in my final year of my Bachelor of Nursing and I’m due to graduate at the end of this year.”

Late last year Ms Rambadl-Dent volunteered as a student nurse at hospitals in Vietnam.

“We worked within the national children’s hospital in Hanoi, the Mai Chau district hospital and we also set up our own free healthcare clinics in three rural villages in Vietnam,” she said.

“I was lucky enough to witness many surgeries and be involved in the clinical practice of the Vietnamese healthcare workers in the hospital environments.

The healthcare clinics provided free assessments to around 80 villagers a day, Ms Rambadl-Dent said.

“We were able to provide them with medications, medical advice and support and we were able to send many villagers to hospital to be treated with our donation money,” she said.

“This trip made me so grateful for the resources that we have in the Australian healthcare system and also so grateful for the level of education that we are provided with as nurses in Australia.”

Ms Rambadl-Dent said her goal was to obtain a graduate position in the Neonatal/Paediatric realm next year, and eventually become a nurse practitioner or a medical doctor.

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