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“It makes my heart sing”: What inspires Janene, a nurse of 31yrs

Nursing is in Janene’s genes.

Her mother, auntie and two of her sisters are all nurses, and Janene has been a nurse for 31 years – starting in a hospital environment and working in community nursing before moving to a Wellbeing Manager role with
Feros Care.

Janene as a child, dressed up as a nurse – what she wanted to be when she grew up

As a Wellbeing Manager, she is responsible for being part of a team of individuals that look after clients and help them to Grow Bold.

“It makes my heart sing,” Janene says simply, “Being back in community is like coming back home.”

Janene knows to find out what’s important to the client

With so many years of experience, Janene specialises in speaking to clients and hearing how they spend their day – then finding ways of improving it and making it much safer.

She gives the example of 93-year-old client Daisy, who uses a motorised quad bike to get around her farm. “She couldn’t get down the stairs, she wasn’t aware of some of the things that could help her,” Janene explains. “We
put in a stair lift, so she could do the same level of things she wants to do, but include equipment to ensure she does it safely. As soon as we mentioned that she was like, ‘thank you so much!”

As with so many other Feros Care team members, Janene looks at clients and often thinks to treat them exactly as she would treat a family member of her own.

“I think, what support would make the biggest difference to their life? It’s not about adding quantity but quality – what’s important for each of them.

“Each client is like a crossword and you’re working it out so it all falls into place. We ask the client what their goals are, then we come up with a plan that’s individually tailored to the client. It can be a challenge, it’s
never mundane, and it keeps you passionate. It’s why I got into nursing.”

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