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For Clinical Nurse, Bronwyn, Mater feels like home


From humble beginnings as a Mater Education Diploma of Nursing student back in 2010, Bronwyn has grown her career at Mater and is now a Clinical Nurse in the Gynaecology, Urology and Plastics ward at Mater Private Hospital Brisbane.

Bronwyn was one of the first students to go through the Diploma of Nursing program with Mater Education, but she was already familiar with the hospital through her dad, who worked in the IT department when she was deciding on a career path. 

It was during a visit to work with her dad where her interest in the nursing profession was sparked.

“I went into work with dad and got chatting to a lady named Betty, the Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) of the public day unit. I told her I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my career. I thought I wanted to do psychology, because I was always people-focussed. Nursing certainly wasn’t on my radar as I used to be a bit scared of blood. Betty took me on a private tour of her unit, and from that point I was sold! It’s safe to say, I am no longer scared of blood!”

“University wasn’t the right choice for me at that point in my career, and I wanted to grow my experience in a practical and hands-on way. Mater Education had just launched the Diploma of Nursing and it looked like the perfect fit for me.”

“I loved studying with Mater Education. Being one of the first cohorts, we were a small group of 26. I was 18 at the time and truly appreciated the support and the guidance I received from the staff and other students.”

“I continued onto university after graduating from Mater Education but secured and maintained a job as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) at Mater all through my studies. My whole career has been built at Mater and I am so grateful for the experiences I have had.”

As a Clinical Nurse, Bronwyn leads the nursing team on her unit. She is responsible for the in-patients and is an education resource for the nurses and doctors on the floor. She’s embraced the responsibility that has come with the growth of her career and has big goals for the future.

“To me, Mater feels like home. I’ve experienced it grow and change over the years and to me, it is family. I love my job, and I am looking to continue specialising in the future in gynaecology.”

Pictured: Bronwyn at Mater Private Hospital Brisbane, in her role as a Clinical Nurse in the Gynaecology, Urology and Plastics ward.