Paediatric nurse Grace has given hope for patients at the Queensland Children’s Hospital by using her wide range of skills—including her hairdressing qualifications—to bring comfort to families in care.
Among these patients is sixteen-year-old Isabelle who nominated Grace for the Super Hero Awards, proudly sponsored by QSuper, part of Australian Retirement Trust.
Because of Grace’s previous experience as a hairdresser, she has been able to use her skills to care for young patients with a range of conditions. “It’s something I’ve always been able to do for my patients, to the point where they’ll seek me out in the wards” said Grace.
Isabelle is one of many patients who learnt the importance of hair-care and styling during her time in hospital. Isabelle’s mum shared that, “having Grace, who Isabelle could relate to, was a godsend and a lifeline for her to pick herself up”.
With the help of Grace’s support and care, Isabelle has a bright future ahead of her with a desire to help other children going through similar situations.
Isabelle is already working as a PCYC junior gymnastics coach and mental health coordinator at Borderline, a camp program for teenagers, which is a testament to her spirit.
“For the first time, Isabelle is thinking about what is next, and it’s thanks to healthcare workers like Grace who didn’t give up on her,” said Isabelle’s mum.
As Isabelle embarks on the next chapter of her life, Grace and the rest of the ward continue to cheer her on and celebrate her resilience.
“When you watch patients like Isabelle grow up, it’s an honour to be a part of their journey and see the impact you have had.
Grace is one of many Super Heroes improving hospital life for their young patients. If you know a Super Hero at the Queensland Children’s or Mackay Base Hospitals, help us to give them the recognition they deserve by nominating them for Juiced TV’s Super Hero Awards.