Judy Forsyth is a Clinical Nurse Educator in the Department of Nursing Education and has worked at Peter Mac for a total of 27 years.
How long you have worked at PMCC?
I have worked at Peter Mac for a total of 27 years. I have been lucky enough to work in all 3 sites in a variety of roles & departments – CNS, ANUM in Haematology, Day Oncology and Cancer Imaging. During this time I have been fortunate enough to work with and be mentored by two very inspirational cancer nurses – one was the NUM in the Haematology Unit when I first started at Peter Mac and she was instrumental in developing my clinical cancer nursing skills. The second was the Manager of Nursing Education whose knowledge of cancer and cancer nursing was 2nd to none and her love of learning was infectious. It was through her support and guidance that I began to truly understand and appreciate the importance of evidence based education in developing and refining my cancer nursing skills. It’s been an exciting journey over the years I have been at Peter Mac with some pretty significant moves/changes along the way. I consider myself extremely fortunate to work in this environment and alongside an amazing group of people.
What gets you excited about working as a Nurse?
It’s such a diverse and challenging job, no 2 days are ever the same and you have the opportunity to work with inspired and inspiring people – this includes patients and staff from all areas of the health care sector. I love that the skills I have developed during my time working at Peter Mac have allowed me to travel and work in a variety of cancer nursing roles both locally and overseas. I currently coordinate the Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice (through Blood Matters & the University of Melbourne) and this has allowed me to further develop my educational skills, enhance my clinical knowledge in a variety of practice areas and it’s also a great opportunity to work with and learn from other health care professionals. In Nursing Education I am extremely fortunate to work in a team that truly understand and value the need for collaboration and are constantly striving to support/assist in the clinical and professional development of all nurses at Peter Mac.
What is one thing you would say to someone considering a career at Peter Mac?
Working as an Oncology Nurse can, at times, be stressful but is also extremely rewarding. The clinical, educational and professional support and development opportunities for nurses who work at Peter Mac are world class. Peter Mac nurses are dynamic leaders, forward thinking in their practice and a supportive group of health care professionals so if this is something you value in your own nursing career then Peter Mac is the place for you.