Meet Donna Stewart
Welcome back to our Meet the Team articles. Helping you get to know the wonderful staff at Southern Cross Care Tasmania.
Donna is one of our true aged care veterans, with over 26 years’ experience under her belt. Nursing was something she had always wanted to do as a young girl, and after working as a carer and raising a family she decided to take the plunge and qualify as an Enrolled Nurse.
Though she began her career at Ainslie Low Head, Donna has worked at Glenara Lakes since the very first residents moved in. Since then she has stepped into a variety of roles. She studied both front-line management and training and assessment, and now works as the Aged Care Funding Instrument Coordinator
Donna’s Southern Cross Care story also holds some romance! She and her husband, who works in maintenance at Ainslie Chalet, met at work and the rest is history.
Donna says that aged care is hard work, but it is a truly rewarding career which you can grow in, and that you have the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. However, you need patience, good listening skills, empathy, and a cheerful manner.
‘I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,’ says Donna.