“She’s Always There For Me” – Erin McDonald Heralded for Mentoring Our Nurses of the Future

Young Registered Nurse Erin McDonald has been recognised for the outstanding care and support she is showing to student nurses in her role as a preceptor on Tambo Ward. Photo: Jake Lynch

 

Any day that one of our nurses tears up with overwhelming emotions of gratitude, we’ve had a good day.

There was a lot of love down on Tambo Ward on Thursday of this week, as a group of nurses, students and education staff got together to show some appreciation for one of their own – Registered Nurse Erin McDonald – for the terrific support she’s been providing to our undergraduate student nurses.

It was only last year that Erin was still learning the ropes herself, as a graduate nurse. And at such a young age and so early in her career, Erin is already demonstrating a deep understanding of how important the role of  a preceptor – a mentor to student nurses – can be in shaping the lives and careers of those following in her footsteps.

Erin was named Clinical Supervisor of the month by the BRHS Education Team, and in addition to receiving a few movie tickets and a certificate, she also received the unabashed thanks and gratitude of those she has helped, including student nurse Elise Robertson.

It was lovely to see.

“I love being a preceptor. It’s really meaningful to me, to be able to support student nurses in the same way that I was supported when I was a student.” Erin McDonald

“Being on an actual ward is so different from being in a classroom,” Elise said. “It can be really nerve-wracking! But having Erin around is amazing – she’s always there for me, anytime I have a question or if I just need some advice or support. I’m so thankful to her.”

Erin says the fact that she was student herself so recently probably helps her connect with young nurses-in-training like Elise.

“I can really remember and understand what it’s like, what the students are going through and experiencing on the ward,” she said. “It’s amazing now to be able help them. I love being a preceptor. It’s really meaningful to me, to be able to support student nurses in the same way that I was supported when I was a student.”

As the nurses, students and educators came together on Thursday, Erin’s passion for the work was evident.

So too were the feelings of gratefulness and comradeship she inspires in our student nurses on Tambo, and the massive impact she is already having on their careers and their lives.

Good on you, Erin. You’re doing some powerful work.