Blacktown nurse says ‘love, respect and dignity’ is the key

Blacktown Hospital aged care ward nurse Logan Muddle shares a laugh with patient Pamela Pearson.

Nursing is a dream come true for Logan Muddle – even on the hard days.

Logan recently graduated as a registered nurse and was offered a fulltime position at Blacktown Hospital, having started her career with an Aboriginal nursing cadetship at Westmead Hospital.

She now works in the aged care ward and said she is “loving every second of it”.

“I love working with the older generation,” Logan said.

“It’s an amazing feeling and such a rewarding job to be able to care for and help someone who is in need.

“I’ve aspired to be a nurse for as long as I can remember. I love my job and I couldn’t imagine myself in another career.”

Logan said working with elderly patients including Noeline Royal (left) encourages her to be more appreciative.

Logan has found her current ward to be full of supportive, caring and fun staff, which she said is important on the good and the bad days.

“The most challenging thing about my job would be seeing a patient at their sickest and knowing they aren’t going to get better,” she said.

“All we can do is make them as comfortable as possible and to treat them with love, respect and dignity. I picture my grandparents or my family in the same situation and it makes your heart heavy. So I do the best I can to make sure their loved ones are as cared for as possible.”

Logan pursued nursing while still in high school, undertaking a Certificate III in Health Service Assistance before enrolling in a Bachelor of Nursing at Western Sydney University.

In 2015 she successfully applied for an Aboriginal Nursing Cadetship and started work in the geriatric rehabilitation ward at Westmead.

Logan said Blacktown Hospital is full of supportive and caring nurses, including her colleague Monique Perry (left).

“This opened the door and many opportunities for me as an Aboriginal woman and starting my career as a nurse,” Logan said.

“I have been fortunate enough to attend the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives nearly every year, which allows me to travel and experience our country.  The conference is based purely on how to support, treat and help close the gap for Aboriginal people. There is still a large gap within the healthcare systems and Aboriginal people receiving the care they need.”

Besides her commitment to Aboriginal health, Logan said she is also passionate about palliative care.

“To be the one caring for someone at the end of their life could make a difference not only to the person’s life you’re caring for, but to yours too.”

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