Posted on September 15, 2020 / Past Students
We have been reaching out to those in the community who are working at the forefront of COVID-19. Alumna Chase Young (YG 2015) shares her day-to-day experiences in her role as a Registered Nurse and deployment to the DHHS during the pandemic.
After graduating from Tintern Grammar in 2015, I went on to complete a Bachelor of Nursing at the Australian Catholic University and I currently work as a Registered Nurse for Epworth Healthcare. I usually work in our Day Procedures Unit as an admissions and recovery nurse but after COVID-19 hit Victoria in March, I was redeployed to become a contact tracer for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
I am very fortunate to work in a field in which I get to help people, as this has always been a passion of mine. Working in Day Procedures, I get to know my patients as I admit them for surgery and I get to see how relieved they are when I recover them and send them home.
When COVID-19 began, I quickly learnt how rapidly this virus would affect my job and our patients. Elective surgery was swiftly shut down and I was redeployed to the DHHS to work as a contact tracer. While this was all a whirlwind at the beginning, I have learnt how to adapt my nursing skills in a different environment and help reassure COVID-19 patients and their families over the phone. While there have been challenges and confronting situations, I am proud that I have had the opportunity to assist the Victorian community during this difficult time.
I would like to send a big message of support to the Year 12 students of 2020, in particular my siblings Phoebe and Lachlan Young. I know this has been a hard year for you all, but keep your heads up because you’re nearly there! Keep working hard and think about how amazing it will be when you finish your final exams.
Wishing you all the best of luck for the future!