Nursing and midwifery testimonials

We asked Midwife Zoe Andrus and ICU Nurse Rene Cornellissen to tell us about working at Monash Health.

Zoe Andrus – Midwife Casey Hospital

“Monash Health provides job security and satisfaction. The service they offer is very similar to the maternity services provided in the UK however the work load is less stressful and staff morale is very positive. The preconceived ideas about the medical model of care in midwifery in Australia are incorrect and low Risk Midwifery models of care do exist in Monash Health.”
Monash Health provides tertiary, secondary and primary maternity services.

“The Australian way of life is great, and we love it here. Relocation to Australia was not so difficult and I came with my husband and three children and they have settled well,” she says.

“The staff are very friendly and have been very supportive. They have made my family feel welcome and helped me be part of the team. I have enjoyed helping to develop the midwifery lead service at Casey Hospital and am now about to implement Caseload Midwifery there.”

Zoe says the transition process was made easy.

“The Nursing Support Unit at Clayton were fantastic, they gave me lots of information about the process of registration and joining Monash Health, information and about schools and everything else we needed.

“We had incredible support from the moment we arrived at the airport.”

Monash Health is a recognised leader in employing a multi-cultural workforce which is a definite advantage according to Zoe.

“We are a multicultural team at Casey Hospital and everyone is respected and treated equally. I would definitely recommend Monash Health as an employer of choice.

“I have not regretted our decision to relocate and am constantly excited about what the future holds for my family and me at Monash Health.”

Rene Cornellissen – ICU Nurse

“I was so nervous but the panel was so friendly, reassuring and supportive that before I knew it my family and I were on the plane. We were picked up at the airport and taken to the hotel that was booked for us by Monash Health.”

That was the start of an amazing career for Monash Health ICU nurse Rene Cornellison that continues to exceed all her expectations.

“I have progressed so fast. I am currently in two jobs that I enjoy very much. One is part time as an ICU nurse and the other part time as a clinical coordinator in Haematology Research – I don’t need to make a choice between the two fields that I love most. From what I have noticed Monash Health strives to deliver a high quality of health care to our community, also supports health care workers to further their studies, enhance knowledge with inservice training and short courses.”

Rene is also studying Paediatric Science for ICU part time via long distance learning with Monash Health’s support and says there is no where she would rather be.

“Melbourne is a very family friendly city. Relocating with my family we needed good schools in close proximity of our accommodation and we had a choice out of four primary schools to choose from and a kindergarten which is affiliated with the hospital. Public transport is reliable and frequent to get around at first when settling in. Loads of entertainment for the kids, we love the beach which is a stones throw away and my kids love the animals, lots of farms.”

Rene says the move has been positive for the entire family.

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