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Princess Alexandra Hospital ICU registered nurse, Isabel Byron is publicly acknowledging the inspiration for her own nursing career on Mother’s Day with a special message to the PAH nurse who is her mentor - her mum, Angela Byron.
“From a young age, I watched mum dedicate countless hours, years of shift work, and share her passion for nursing and midwifery in a multitude of ways,” said Isabel. “Hospital trained at the age of 17, mum has assisted births, nursed, educated and researched in her chosen profession of nursing.”
Angela, who is newly appointed as the CNC for the PAH Cancer Clinical Trials Unit this week, is reaping the reward of years of dedication and experience in her chosen profession.
“She is a very compassionate person who is really affected by the illnesses and injuries of others and has a natural desire to help,” she said. “This attribute has been an enormous inspiration for me heading into a nursing career – why would I do anything else but follow in her footsteps?”
Isabel started her own nursing career in regional Queensland on Hayman island, moving to PAH at the start of 2020 before the pandemic to work within the Permanent Nurse Pool, Orthopaedics and now in Intensive Care Unit as part of the ICU Transition Program.
“I’m loving the opportunity to work in ICU – it marries nicely with my paramedics degree as I advance my nursing career.
“Mum’s experience showed me that a career in nursing is always interesting, is transferrable, her own career has provided a wonderful foundation for our family and so much more for the communities she has worked in.
Mum is my hero and inspiration every day!”