Intimidated by the idea of entrance exams, Julene had initially postponed her goal of becoming a nurse. But after marrying at 21, she finally decided to pursue her dream career. It was ‘now or never’.
“If I didn’t give it a go, I would always regret it. While I was working at Bega Valley Shire Council in Eden, I was volunteering in an aged care home to see if I’d like working in the care sector. And I absolutely loved it.”
Julene packed her bags and headed north to the big smoke to study at Sydney University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Nursing, she continued working at the Royal North Shore Hospital, where she progressed from Graduate Nurse to Clinical Nurse, all the way to Case Manager for Gynaecology/Oncology.
When Julene and her partner divorced in 1996, she was looking for a lifestyle change – and as you’ll learn, Julene doesn’t do things by halves.
“I saw a pamphlet advertising a recruitment drive for nurses to go to Saudi Arabia. I was ready for something new.”