INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Celebrating Qld Health staff
More than three decades in health, Samantha Mawn has done just about every nursing management position at the Roma Hospital.
Ms Mawn is currently the Nurse Unit Manager, Perioperative Services and said it’s rewarding to be able to deliver services to the rural community, but wishes she had gotten into the profession earlier!
“I wish I had chosen my profession earlier than I did … I focused on administration work skills instead of science based subjects at school, hence why I was behind the requirements to commence nursing,” Ms Mawn said.
Bred in Roma and living here for most of her life, Ms Mawn said the biggest change she’s seen at the Roma Hospital are the services offered to the community.
“We never had consultants visit Roma, do clinics and operate … the patient always had to travel for a particular procedure, rather there’s now a lot more services offered here,” she said.
Celebrating women across the world on March 8 for International Women’s Day, Ms Mawn said it’s about recognising and acknowledging all the woman across the world in whatever field they’re in.
“Their contribution to whatever profession they have elected to follow,” Ms Mawn said.
“This can be any role, be it a profession or a stay at home mum, women completing apprenticeships or working in the rural sector.”
Ms Mawn said nursing has always been very female oriented and the biggest changes she’s seen has been the increase in numbers of males working in the health industry, females being appointed into managerial roles, increased development in professional aspects, improvement of technology and it’s introduction into nursing.
“Women have made up a large majority of the profession and continue to make up the majority of the field of nursing,” she said.
“Notable women to nursing have brought the profession to where it is today with the most notable being Florence Nightingale.”
Ms Mawn looked up to her grandmother, saying she was a very “tenacious, confident, hard working, loving and caring person”.
As for what words of wisdom Ms Mawn would give to her 13-year-old self?
“There will be challenges in life but you need to remain positive, work hard and you will achieve what you want,” she said.