Nadine Borschmann is a Nurse Unit Manager on Ward 5A, the inpatient haematology and breast oncology ward at Peter Mac.
What attracted you to nursing?
I think I always wanted a career that was people orientated, had flexibility and various career pathways. I loved the thought that a nurse could work in such varied settings from a ward in a hospital, to schools, to international aid settings and in corporate careers. My mum was a nurse so I also had a little bit of an insight into what it was all about. But I probably didn't really understand my passion for it, and particularly for oncology nursing, until I was out on clinical placement. Peter Mac and oncology nursing embodied what I'd been learning at uni - looking after a whole person and their family and not just a disease.
What was your path into nursing?
I started my undergrad nursing degree and then moved into a double degree with psychology. I really think psychology should be part of all undergrad nursing degrees as it complements what you are learning really well. I completed my degree and then started work at Peter Mac for my grad year in 2011 and the following year I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship through Peter Mac to do the graduate certificate in oncology nursing and palliative care. That’s something that really helped me both career-wise and with the patient care I deliver.
I then started working towards becoming a nurse in charge and an opportunity came up for an Associate Nurse Unit Manager role so I did that in 2013/2014, took a year off in 2015 and then came back when Peter Mac was relocating to the current centre, so it was full steam ahead. There was an incredible amount of preparation, planning and training to facilitate the move. Both patients and staff experienced enormous change but demonstrated such resilience through the challenges and it was such a unique learning opportunity for me as a developing manager.
Then in 2017 I started a job share position as the Nurse Unit Manager on 5A, so I do two days a week as the NUM. I've also just put in some applications for further post graduate study in health leadership and management.
What's it like working at Peter Mac?
It’s more than just a job. The first time I walked into Peter Mac I knew there was something culturally unique and special about the place - a real sense of community. There's not a day that I wake up and think ‘ugh, do I have to go to work?’ and that's pretty special. I've got a lot of friends who are nurses at other organisations and nursing is a very different experience for them.
What are you most proud of in your nursing career so far?
I would say becoming a Nurse Unit Manager, as I'm in a position where I can help to effect change and advocate not only for our patients but also our staff. I feel incredibly proud to see the exceptional care our nursing team delivers to patients and their families on a daily basis.
What would you say to a nurse considering a job or grad position at Peter Mac?
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join the Peter Mac team. You won’t regret it. There is an amazing culture of support, the opportunity to develop your career, a sense of team and the unique opportunity to support patients and their loved ones who are going through some of the most difficult times in their lives. It’s a really rewarding feeling to make a difference in patients’ lives, particularly when they are at their most vulnerable.
What is your message for nurses at Peter Mac and beyond for International Nurses Day 2018?
I feel so proud to be part of the nursing team at Peter Mac who truly embody and exemplify excellence, innovation and compassion in the nursing care we deliver to our patients and their families.