People in Private: Lisa Stokes

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Lisa Stokes, Director of Nursing, The Melbourne Clinic

What do you love about your job? And why?
I know this is a cliché, but I would have to say the people I work with.  I am very fortunate to be surrounded by a motivated, dedicated and dynamic workforce who are committed to the best outcomes for our clients, carers and the service.  I am constantly facing new challenges in this role and I enjoy starting the day with a to-do list that is constantly evolving and never ending.

There is never a dull moment in my role and endless opportunity for personal and professional growth, from the most unexpected avenues.

How long have you been working in your current role?
I have been the Director of Nursing at The Melbourne Clinic for 8 months and the Associate Director of Nursing for another 8 months prior to that.  My whole working career has been in public mental health, across many varied programs and roles.  The decision to move into the private sector was one that I did not take lightly and one I have not regretted since.

Do you have a favourite quote or phrase?
Whenever I am in a situation that I am unsure about, I like to stop and think, “what would my Mother say or do?” My mother is very wise woman, her advice is usually very sound, and just taking that moment is often all I need to make that decision.  Failing that I toss a coin.

What is something interesting about you your colleagues don’t know?
I am not sure if this qualifies as interesting, but I have a slight obsession for vintage salt and pepper shakers.  My favourite at the moment is a very kitsch hen with eggs for the shakers.

How many vintage salt and pepper shaker do you have?
My salt and pepper collection is in the double figures, I would say around the 30 mark.

How do your friends describe you?
I hope they would say I am kind, funny, generous, loyal and respectful.  I do try to live by the motto treat others as you would like to be treated and so far that does not seem to have let me down.

What do you do in your spare time/any hobbies?
Making the most of my work/life balance is very important, so I do try to maximise my non-work life by meeting up with friends, gardening and when motivated running.  I am also very keen on scratching around in second hand shops and have lots of treasures to prove it

What would be a tip that you give to people when they go into a second hand shop for the first time?
I am very pedantic about what I buy and my general rules are 1) is it a bargain and 2) do I love it, which as I am constantly explaining to my partner is very different to ‘do I need it?’.

My golden rule for vintage shopping is don’t rush in, look around first then head straight for the shiny things.

What is something you want to achieve?
From a professional perspective, I am exactly where I want to be right now and am very pleased with my achievements to date in this current role.  Personally, I am very keen on travel and of all the places I have visited, I have not yet been to Africa.  I do plan to get there one day.

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