People in Private: Rebecca Rich

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Announced as a finalist in the HESTA Nursing and Midwifery Awards for Outstanding Graduate, Perth Clinic Graduate Nurse, Rebecca Rich is passionate about helping break down the stigma in mental health, especially for adolescents.

What do you love about your job? And why?
The opportunities that are offered to us, I can further my knowledge in many evidence based treatments for mental health issues.

Also the team, everyone is there for each other and work cohesively, and we meet up outside of work as well.

How long have you been working in your current role?
Started in February 2016 with the Graduate Program, so one year and three months.

Do you have a favourite quote or phrase?
I do, it’s by Wayne Dyer “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change”.

How did you come across this quote?
My training buddy mentioned it to me. He likes to share all these motivational quotes and this one really stuck and I found it applicable to everything.

What is something interesting about you your colleagues don’t know?
In Year Seven when I was asked what I wanted to be when I grow up I said a professional basketball player with a law degree. My mum always said I was good at arguing even when I was wrong that I should be a lawyer, and I also enjoyed playing basketball.

How do your friends describe you?
Dedicated, honest and caring.

What do you do in your spare time/any hobbies?
I really enjoy exercising, so I normally try and train four days a week. I also like to catch up with my friends and we try out the new cafes, restaurants or bars that have opened up.

Also my partner and I just purchased our first home a year ago and we are renovating that.

I need to find a hobby though, I’m just not sure what.

What is something you want to achieve this year?
At the end of the grad program they let us coordinate a ward that we are working on to give us a feel on how it is done, so I would like to be competent and confident at coordinating the adolescent ward by the end of the year, to increase my skill level.

Also I would like to run the 12 week dialectical behaviour therapy program.

In October I’m getting married so that is another goal, and we are hoping to go on a holiday at the end of the year with friends.

Where are you planning on going?
To Japan.

Learning Japanese could be the hobby you learn?
That could be my hobby, I learnt a bit in primary school so I remember a few thing, good idea.

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