Congratulations, Linda, on 50 years’ service to nursing
Our valued Home Manager at Japara Mirridong celebrated 50 years’ service to nursing in February 2021. This is an amazing achievement and we feel very fortunate to have her here with us. Congratulations, Linda, from all of us at Japara.
A bit about Linda’s career
“I began my nursing career at the Colac District Hospital in 1971, where I completed my three-year hospital-based training.
“Back then, you needed to have a midwifery qualification to be able to obtain positions in smaller rural hospitals, such as Apollo Bay. So, in 1976, I commenced Midwifery at the Ballarat Base Hospital and in 1977 became a Midwife in Colac and later Apollo Bay, Birregurra, Winchelsea and Wangaratta. I found smaller hospitals exciting because we were able to work across all specialties in one shift!
“Later, when I was working in Swan Hill, I realised that there was more to working in nursing homes than what I had been doing at hospitals. So, in 1988 I took the opportunity to complete a Gerontology Course and while working in Midwifery in Colac for 5 years, I completed my Bachelor of Nursing, graduate Dip in Health Administration and Cert IV in OH&S co-ordinating roles.
“I have worked in Registered Training Organisations and have trained Personal Care Workers and Endorsed Enrolled Nurses, as well as working with Ballarat and Deakin Universities as a Clinical Educator. I loved these roles because I felt like I was making a difference by training people who would go on to work in aged care and provide care to future residents and their families.”
“In 2008, we took off on a road trip with a caravan in tow. I worked in Broken Hill, Chaffey Aged Care in Merbein, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Kalgoorlie, Laverton, Esperance, Albany, Geraldton Regional Hospital and then Nazareth House in Geraldton, before coming back to Victoria for the birth of my grandchildren.”
“I am now the Home Manager at Japara Mirridong for 12 months and then who knows what the future holds?”
“I cannot imagine doing anything else – nursing was all I wanted to do from the age of 12.”
Linda Neale, Home Manager at Japara Mirridong
Life in Nursing
“I still enjoy the challenges of nursing and don’t like the thought of sitting at home with only knitting needles as company. I always strive to have an aged care home that people want to reside in or work at.
“I have enjoyed my working life and have been so grateful to have been able to do and achieve what I have. Nursing has been very good to me and provided me with an exciting and rewarding career with loads of memories.
“I like helping others and making a difference to people’s lives, both residents and staff. I love interacting with residents – listening to their stories and finding out about their interesting lives.”