REWARDING ROLE: Christie Webb is a clinical nurse at Palm Lake Care Bargara.
REWARDING ROLE: Christie Webb is a clinical nurse at Palm Lake Care Bargara.

Seeing residents smile is priceless for clinical nurse

Palm Lake Care Bargara is home for some, but for Christie Webb it’s a place were she can help make a difference within the aged care community.

Ms Webb is a clinical nurse at Palm Lake Care Bargara, overseeing and supporting the nursing staff.

Having started with Palm Lake Care in 2016 as a graduate registered nurse and through her passion, loyalty and dedication to her trade, she has worked her way up to her current position.

“During my training at university, my original goal was to become a midwife,” she said.

“But when I gained employment here at Palm Lake Care after graduating, this aged caring community really just blew me away.

“It is so rewarding to look after our residents.

“Since I’ve been here, Palm Lake Care has definitely fostered my learning.”

Ms Webb said she loved the residents, the staff and the job.

“It’s made me interested in continuing my studies to go even further and become a clinical nurse specialist,” she said.

While Ms Webb admits she’s somewhat ‘off the tools’ these days, there’s nothing that satisfies her more than when she’s with the residents and their families.

“I’m very passionate about palliative care and do what I can to advocate for those residents and support their families,” she said.

“I always try to put myself in those families’ positions, as it helps me understand how we can best care for their special family members in their time of need.”

Growing up at Burnett Heads and now based at Elliott Heads, Ms Webb gets emotional when telling stories about her most memorable residents.

One such resident was a man who came to Palm Lake Care Bargara after a stroke.

At the time, he was unable to speak or eat independently and was bedridden.

Through 18 months of rehabilitation, under Ms Webb’s team’s unwavering support, this gentleman has learned to speak again, eat normal meals and just weeks ago was deemed strong enough to leave his bed.

With his devoted and very grateful wife watching on, Ms Webb and her nursing staff were able to take the man on his first wheelchair ride, out into the fresh air and sunshine.

He was crying with joy, just to be able to put on his shoes and venture outside, with the help of the Palm Lake Care nurses.

“The staff all had tears of happiness for him as well – that was one emotional day,” she said.

“That’s the kind of thing that makes me really satisfied in my job – to be able to give people a better quality of life.

“My favourite part is just seeing a resident smile.”

For more information on Palm Lake Care Bargara visit www.palmlakecare.com.au

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