Photo: Julia Linekar

Julia Linekar's story

Julia always knew that she wanted a career in healthcare so she followed her sister’s footsteps into nursing.  

Joining QEHB’s neurosurgery ward in November 2016, Julia has felt fully supported in the role: “When I was first placed in neurosurgery I was very nervous. However, the time and training invested in my development was second to none.

“I had three weeks of supernumerary support which was really beneficial to my practice, considering many nurses see neurosurgery as a daunting specialty; but they couldn’t be more wrong.

“I’ve found my time here incredibly interesting and if I ever have a question there is always someone willing to help.

“The clinical education team is brilliant and I am learning so much from them that I feel that they sky’s the limit in terms of opportunities.”

It’s not just the training that Julia speaks highly of, but her team too: “At first I thought I would be a tiny fish in a giant pond, but my opinion of working at QEHB was wrong. My team have been so welcoming.

“Nursing at QEHB is fast paced, but you never feel like you’re just getting by or ‘bridging the gap’. I feel valued and appreciated”

Recently married, and with her husband currently in full time higher education, Julia is able to strike a work-life balance that works well for her.

“I go to church every Sunday, and while I understand that sometimes I am required to work at the weekends, my managers are very considerate of my commitments. We all work together to achieve what is best for both the patients and the team.

“In the short time I’ve been at QEHB my confidence has grown massively and I am thoroughly enjoying my time as a nurse here.”