Celebrating our Nurses this International Nurses Day

Every year on 12 May, we take a moment to recognise and celebrate the wonderful work our caring and compassionate nurses on International Nurses Day.

Coorparoo Aged Care’s AN-ACC Coordinator, Cherry Patel, joined the Coorparoo team in December 2019, and shares with us what inspired her to enter nursing and what she loves most about working at the home.

Cherry decided to pursue a career in nursing after coming to Australia from India in 2009. In India she practiced as a Doctor of Homeopathy for several years working also in a Multi Specialist Hospital.

Moving to Australia Cherry decided to do her Bachelor of Nursing at QUT graduating in 2012. Cherry then gained experience, working as a nurse in several Queensland health-based hospitals as well as a Clinical Nurse position in other aged care facilities. Cherry was also the school nurse at the Brisbane Grammer School filling in as a Casual when needed.

Cherry was hired by Coorparoo Aged Care as a Clinical Nurse and ACFI Coordinator in December 2019. Since the changes in funding, she now works closely with the manager as the AN-ACC Coordinator.

Cherry is a valued member of our clinical team working with nurses and care staff to ensure that resident care is delivered in a safe and efficient manner.

Cherry states that she enjoys being able to make a difference in the lives of older people. She is a dedicated professional and will not compromise on the care of the residents. Her co-workers find her an excellent role model and she has a happy cheerful disposition.

When asked what challenging part of the role as a nurse is, Cherry says that ensuring all residents and families are being supported while working within the Aged Care Standards.