Episode 10 - My Extraordinary Life: In the Deep End With Graduate Nurses


Published: 26 September 2016

Welcome to episode ten of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: My Extraordinary Life: Graduate Nurse

Welcome to episode ten of the Ausmed Handover podcast. Graduate nurses are the lifeblood of the profession, yet many of us will have forgotten what it was like to be a novice nurse thrust into a very high-stress environment and expected to learn ‘on the fly’. In this episode of the Handover podcast, we will be talking to three amazing nurses who are currently on graduate or transitional programs about their experiences. This is an exciting and highly revealing episode both for those listeners who are still undergraduates, and those who are entrusted with the support of nurses who have recently graduated. Ausmed would like to thank Sue, Jane and Peter for participating in this episode.


Portrait of Darren Wake
Darren Wake

Peripatetic and always intellectually restless, Darren Wake has pursued varied careers in journalism, media production, academic philosophy and nursing. As a nurse, he worked in the speciality areas of critical care, community care, remote area healthcare and education. As a formally qualified academic philosopher Darren taught undergraduate units in law and ethics in healthcare, although his principle research focus revolved around logic and the philosophy of language. Darren’s media production output can be found scattered about the Ausmed website and in his long forgotten days as a word monkey, he wrote for European publications such as The Scotsman, The Great Outdoors, Country Walking and The Times. In 2014 Darren consulted to the Department of Health for the development of Consumer Directed Care policy and guidelines for remote area communities in the Northern Territory. These days he is the managing editor of a small independent publishing company based in the United Kingdom, and lives in Tasmania. In his spare time, Darren is currently studying a formal course in celestial navigation, just in case the inevitable zombie apocalypse messes with the world’s GPS satellite system. See Educator Profile