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Nursing and caregiving


Above: Annie Bruce - Clinical Manager at Ryman's Possum Bourne village

Annie gets her dream job

When Annie Bruce saw a retirement village taking shape on a hillside just to the east of Pukekohe, she got to thinking.

Since qualifying as a registered nurse in the early 1980s, Annie had built up an extensive career in nursing, both overseas and in New Zealand. For the past 16 years, she had worked as a nurse, and as nurse manager for a busy group of GPs in Tuakau.

Annie had been interested in aged care for a long time, and had completed a post-graduate certificate in health science at the University of Auckland, specialising in long term conditions.

Looking after older patients had its challenges, but brought great rewards.

“I think they are great fun, they all have great stories and it will be us one day. I think let’s care for them well and hopefully someone will care for me in the same way someday,’’ Annie says.

She read that Ryman Healthcare was building the new Pukekohe village, so she had a look at the company’s website.

Three things stood out. The first was a video of residents lip-synching Pharrell Williams’ Happy, which made the village look like a great place to live and work. The second was the fact that all the village’s resident surveys were published so that everyone could see the results. Finally, she loved Ryman’s philosophy of kindness, which was a value she identified with.

When she saw the clinical manager’s job was open at the village, she applied, and got what she wished for – and a whole lot more.

In the past 10 months, she has successfully built a team to run a busy 120-bed care centre, with resthome, hospital and dementia-level care. She also keeps a keen eye on the clinical needs of all the residents at the village.

As well as building her own team, she’s enjoyed working as part of a cohesive senior management team to establish Possum Bourne.

As a career move, Annie says she has never looked back.

“It’s a big job. There’s a lot of responsibility – you need to have your fingers on the pulse in all the clinical areas all the time.’’

But challenges bring rewards and Annie says it is hugely satisfying to head home each night safe in the knowledge her residents are happy.

Ryman Healthcare is on the lookout for great clinical managers like Annie Bruce.

We also offer many employment opportunities for nursing, caregiving and allied health staff.

As a member of our nursing and caregiving team, you'll have secure employment and make a positive difference to the lives of our residents and their families.

You’ll be integral to our team and a valued member of staff. We offer a wealth of professional opportunities for career development at all levels, along with excellent practical support.

You'll also have the option to work fixed or flexible rosters which makes it easy to plan around family and leisure commitments.

As we have positions ranging from entry to leadership level throughout New Zealand and Melbourne, Ryman gives you the opportunity to find your ideal role, in your ideal location.

If you think you’d like to be the next Annie, please click here www.careers.rymanhealthcare.co.nz to view our current employment opportunities.