Nursing: Lisa Reichelt

Lisa Reichelt is an Academic Coordinator, Clinical Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Specialist at the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health.

What are your strongest memories of your time at the University of Melbourne?
Great support from staff and academics, development of friendships with students in the course.

What goals did you set yourself when you finished University and have you stuck to that plan?
To continue to work clinically and work my way towards a position at a university teaching post graduate nursing. Yes, I have been extremely fortunate to do both, and have just been offered a position as academic coordinator of emergency nursing 1&2 which I start on the 30th July.

What/who motivated you at University?
Marie Gerdtz was probably the first person from the university that I met, I thought that she was a very inspiring woman and nurse. I had never considered doing further studies after my graduate certificate until I met her. I think seeing nurses do further study and adding their amazing knowledge to our profession and enhancing it, inspires me to do the same. Since then I have met a lot of other nurses doing further study through the university and this motivates me to continue with my own studies. All the staff I have come into contact with at the university have all been so generous with their time and knowledge, it inspires me to do the same for my students too.

What advice do you have for current students?
Teaching and nursing are one of the same, be generous with your knowledge and take the time to teach others. Be a mentor to other nurses and help them achieve their goals. Surround yourself with people that motivate and support you.

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment since graduating?
My colleagues and I were fortunate enough to present some of our research at an international conference in Perth was an absolute career highlight for me. Seeing the change that our research has made in the clinical environment and how it helps nurses and medical staff work more cohesively as a team in a resuscitation is a wonderful feeling. More recently, I am so humbled and grateful that I have been successful in gaining the position as academic coordinator at UoM while still being able to work in the clinical environment.

What does being successful mean to you?
Enjoying your work, feeling like you are making a positive change in peoples lives, seeing what you have taught someone in action, having work/life balance.

Be flexible and patient with your career goals, try to help others to achieve theirs.