Meet Monica Tatnell

Welcome back to our Meet the Team articles. Helping you get to know the wonderful staff at Southern Cross Care Tasmania.

After spending three years at Rosary Gardens, where she completed her graduate year and the two years following as a registered nurse, Monica ventured off to the Royal Hobart Hospital. There, she spent some time in orthopaedic surgical specialties and burns nursing. This experience gave her an excellent background in acute care and trauma, and she is pleased to be able to apply this breadth of education at Southern Cross Care in a range of clinical circumstances including in leadership and teaching opportunities in her role as Clinical Care Coordinator.

She says that for a registered nurse to work in aged care, they need drive, and should have a strong passion for the industry because “when you have that you can do anything with it.” She says working as a nurse in aged care also gives you the opportunity to “spread your wings” a little more than in an acute setting, as you often need to rely on your own assessments.

Although Monica has been back with Southern Cross Care for only a few months now, she says this is definitely the role where she wants to be.