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May 26, 2005

More from far away

An exciting part of working on this blog is making a connection with so many wonderful people who live and work in places that many of us will only hear about. Meet Laura, a nurse who comes to us from across the globe to share her nursing story.

World I am writing from Australia but am originally from South Africa and I speak Afrikaans. I was born and raised in South Africa and did my training as a nurse in the good old days when nurses still wore capes and little neat white caps on our heads. I am really not old – I qualified in 1984!

I always had a passion for older people and did not mind death and dying. When the possibility came my way to stretch my wings I did, onboard a airplane to Australia. My only condition on my application was: 'old age and a country town.' So I was snatched up by a country town in Victoria where my children and I were welcomed "with open arms" – which is exactly what our hospital’s logo is!

Many people have asked: "How did it happen that you picked Casterton?" It gives me a bit of joy to reply: "I did not pick Casterton, they picked me".

It makes me proud to be part of the team and the community. I love caring for the residents and practicing palliative care. It has not always been easy as a lot of things are different. The language is a bit of a barrier, but with time everything seems to be falling into place. I believe it was meant to be this way.

Laura Luus

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Posted by: Philippine Nurses Site | Jul 29, 2007 8:50:36 AM

Here is another story for you Laura.
I came to Canada as a young Australian nurse in 1968. I have worked and raised my family here since then. I consider myself an "international nurse". I completed a RN Diploma in Australia, a Bachelor's degree in Canada and a Master's degree in the US. I now am semi-retired living in Canada and working as a NP in the Canadian arctic.
My English and Irish ancesters travelled to Australia in the early 1840's and my great great grandfather was one of the founding fathers of Casterton...your new home.
I am pleased that you are happy there. It is a beautiful place. My great great grandmother's umbrella is in your museuum and the town is full of my family members. Take good care of them.

Posted by: Barbara | May 18, 2007 7:06:30 PM

Dear Laura, I came to the U.S. in 1980 with a couple of suitcases and dreams. I was 18 years old and I was the only one here from El Salvador. Both my parents and sister stayed in El Salvador. I had always wanted to be a nurse and I got my degree with a lot of work and sacrifice. By the time I started nursing school I was married and had a 10 y/o stepson and 2 small children under the age of 4. Since 1980 I have made my home here in the U.S. and in 1999 I became a citizen to this great nation. My children and grandchildren are here. My life as an adult has been here. I want to give back to this country that has been so good to me. At least a little of what I have so graciously received. From one adopted "nurse" to another, greetings! Laura Easley, RN

Posted by: Laura Easley, RN,BSN,PHN | Oct 17, 2005 4:06:00 PM

Would love to hear from nurse educators in academe both nationally & internationally.

Posted by: Helen C. Ballestas, MSN, RN, CRRN | Jun 3, 2005 8:21:42 PM

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