A tireless commitment to professional development and the pursuit of knowledge has earned Rachelle Chikan of Peninsula Private Hospital a nomination in the Outstanding Graduate category of the HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards.
On top of her study, Ms Chikan invested more than 200 hours of her own time into researching a broad range of topics including cardiac procedures, anatomy and medications.
“You go into the job because you want to provide the best care, and knowledge enables this,” said Ms Chikan.
“The more knowledge you have, the better you can care for your patients.”
Throughout her graduate year Ms Chikan proved herself a role model amongst her fellow graduates and demonstrated advanced interpersonal skills with her patients. It was these qualities, combined with her commitment to continuing professional development, that led to her nomination.
“I am extremely proud, but very overwhelmed,” she said.
“It’s hard to acknowledge it in myself because I feel like I’m just doing what I should do. I feel like a nurse should always try and go that extra mile.”
Ms Chikan was motivated to join Peninsula Private’s graduate program after having her baby at the hospital. She said her continued success was the result of the constant support she received from her colleagues and to the generally positive environment at the hospital.
“I couldn’t have done as well as I did without the support of all the staff at the hospital and the education team,” said Ms Chikan.
Ms Chikan is currently a full-time staff member at Peninsula Private, and volunteers as a mentor to help fellow nursing graduates transition to the workforce.