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Nepean Hospital new graduate nurse, Rogina Zabat Aquino

A passion for people drives Nepean nurse

30 Mar 2022


Patients are in excellent hands with the next generation of passionate and driven nurses working at Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District.

Nepean Hospital new graduate nurse, Rogina Zabat Aquino says the supportive environment and education opportunities have made the hospital particularly appealing to work at.

“I really love working here. You get a lot of support and ongoing education that really helps you to progress your career,” Rogina says.

“Hands-on clinical experience is really important in nursing. Working on the hospital floor itself is really different to learning at university. Having so much hands-on experience here has really given me the opportunity to improve and be better at my job.”

Drawn to a career in nursing because of her passion for people, Rogina first began working at Nepean Hospital as an enrolled nurse. Having achieved her nursing registration and currently on her last rotation as a new graduate, she’s got her sights set on furthering her studies to become a clinical nurse specialist.

“I want to progress in this career and with nursing, there’s lots of professional development opportunities,” Rogina says.

As to where she’d like to work, Rogina is excited by the opportunity to work in the new Nepean Hospital Clinical Tower which opens later this year. She’s especially keen to work inside the new and larger emergency department following her own work experience within the service as both an enrolled nurse and new graduate.

Currently working a paediatrics rotation in Nepean Hospital’s Children’s Ward, Rogina says it’s the patients who have inspired her love of nursing.

“I’m a people person. Caring for others, making patients happy, seeing them smile and become well is such a great feeling.”

“You see parents and kids leaving the Children’s Ward here, they know that their child’s well and they’ve got a smile on their face and you can’t help but think, ‘Yep, goal achieved’,” Rogina says.

The Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District welcomed 131 graduate nurses and midwives to its workforce this year, providing a significant boost to the health system.