International Nurses Day on Sunday, May 12, will celebrate the importance of nurses in the community.

Elizabeth Vernooy has been a nurse for 32 years and has worked at Rockingham General Hospital for eight years.

“I am from South Africa and moved to Australia 10 years ago,” she said.

“Being a nurse is a childhood dream come true.

“In Year 7 at school I dreamt of being a nurse.”

Ms Vernooy said working in the intensive care unit could be challenging, with highs and lows.

“It can be a rapidly changing environment,” she said.

“I deal with it in a calm and professional manner; you can’t stress.

“We share the joy with the family when someone recovers. We also have to support the family when someone passes away.”


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