Nurse: Gemma Edwards

We may just have found the next nomination for Veterinary Nurse of the Year.  Gemma Edwards come to us as a Trainee Nurse from a specialist veterinary clinic.  At this clinic, she was exposed to a high volume of surgical cases.  This has meant her skills in monitoring and observing patients is that of an experienced nurse with an understanding of the requirements of the patient and surgeon.

 Gemma has come into our workplace with a positive energy and a “can do” attitude towards the tasks that are required of her.  She shows initiative along with common sense and is already a reliable member of our team.  On her road to becoming a Veterinary Nurse, Gemma spent time in an office environment in an admin role, which helps in maintaining hospital records and client files.  She then went on to volunteer at the RSPCA working in a shelter, which lead her to kennel attendant and then trainee nurse at the specialist centre. 

Gemma is about to graduate with her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing from North Coast TAFE. She has shown great commitment to this correspondence course which can at times be draining with log books and case studies that need to be presented.  She is now putting all this knowledge into practise.

At home Gemma has a soft heart for larger breeds of dogs.  She owns Denver the Dalmatian, who at times can be a handful and to add to the excitement she has India the German Short-haired Pointer.  Together these two have so much energy but still complement each other.  Gemma goes about her day as the quiet achiever.  She is a reliable, likeable young lady who forms a bond with her patient.  She is able to read her patient’s needs, to reduce the stress they have in a new environment in our hospital. Gemma is quickly becoming a great asset to our team and her patients who receive that extra nurturing care.