Cass Woodcock is part of Peter Mac’s Graduate Nurse Program 2018. She works in the theatre nursing team and is currently in Recovery.

What attracted you to nursing?

It’s the person-to-person contact that nursing brings. I was studying biomedical science beforehand. I enjoyed the human biology aspect of it but I didn’t like the laboratory work – you we’re alone and I like to work around lots of people. I love the patient contact that nursing gives me and it’s a really great feeling caring for people.

What’s it like working at Peter Mac?

It’s a very special hospital to work for, the centre is incredible. It feels so calm and peaceful around the building and it has a much different feel to other hospitals I’ve worked in. I wanted to work at Peter Mac for a long time and it was my first preference to pursue a position here when I finished my degree. I’d heard that Peter Mac had a very supportive network of staff and that’s what you need as a graduate nurse. And now I’m working at Peter Mac, that’s exactly what I found. It’s a big research hospital so they really encourage questions and they like inquisitive learners. I’m very lucky.

What’s it like working in Theatre?

I love it. I hadn’t done placements in theatre during my degree but it was always my aspiration to work in that area. I put it down as one of my top preferences and got it and it’s definitely the area I want to continue working in into the future.

What’s an average day at Peter Mac like for you?

 At the moment, I’m in recovery. Our team gets a list of patients having procedures at the start of the day and as the day goes on you get notified when they are coming out of surgery. We do team nursing and all work together, as the patients come in we self-allocate as the primary carer of that patient and then work collaboratively and help each other out. Then we make sure each patient is nice and stable before they head home or to the wards, whichever it may be.

What are you most proud of in your nursing career so far?

I’m just really proud to be able to be working in a speciality cancer hospital for the first step in my career. At Peter Mac you’re at the cutting edge of cancer research, treatment and care. It’s a very exciting and privileged place to be.

What would you say to someone considering applying for Peter Mac’s Grad Nurse program?

I would say go for it and be ambitious. Peter Mac has a small number of grad positions compared to other hospitals, but don’t let that intimidate you, as it’s a decision you definitely won’t regret.

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