Meet Puneet Verma
Welcome back to our Meet the Team articles. Helping you get to know the wonderful staff at Southern Cross Care Tasmania.
When Puneet Verma (AKA Goldy) first came to Tasmania with his family, he didn’t have any family here to support him. But after starting at Guilford Young Grove in 2012 as a carer, then moving to Rosary Gardens, he says that the staff at Southern Cross Care have now become family. He says the staff understand and support him and have helped him immensely, especially while studying for his nursing degree.
Goldy started his career back home in India as a pharmacist, where he spent ten years running his own pharmacy. He’s always had a passion for medicine but knew that he no longer wanted to be a pharmacist.
He now gets to be a bit more hands-on and is able to really support and care for his patients.
Goldy feels that being a carer first has helped define his path into nursing; it was those first years as a carer that gave him the practical knowledge of how to engage with residents and truly understand what they need.
Goldy says that every day there is a challenge. Still, he finds his work very rewarding. The most valuable aspect is the ability to listen to residents carefully and to be able to give them independence, choice and support.