As one of seven children, Angie Gordon is adept at dealing with the maelstrom of love, noise and dynamics of a large and bustling family. In a way, this set her up beautifully for her career with Home Nursing Group (HNG), where she works as a Team Leader on the Mid North Coast between the Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour offices. In her daily role Angie has to think on her feet, use her intuition and bring her empathy to every one of the hundreds of decisions she makes – her sense of compassion and nurturing character finely tuned from her childhood roots.
Originally from Newcastle, the coast has always held the key to Angie’s heart, however it was in the bush that she first applied to work for HNG in mid-2016. “There was an advertisement in the paper for a three-month reception position in the Armidale office,” she says. “I’d just completed my AIN course and wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go. I decided I’d apply for it. Since then, I’ve moved through a few different positions, all of which were interesting or challenging in their own way, but I very much enjoy the Team Leader role.”
Angie acts as the link between the office staff and the direct support carers. She’s passionate about empowering others to be happy and healthy in their own homes for as long as possible; having been on the receiving end of HNG’s support herself. “I’ve worked a number of roles within HNG and have always been supported in finding my way. We have some excellent staff and I’ve leaned on a lot of people to guide me through each role I’ve been in,” she continues. “I love going out to do home audits as I get to see my team in action. Their passion and care for the people they visit is just wonderful and the feedback from clients is such a positive experience.”
As a former teacher’s aide, Angie feels she is now using all of her talents to their full potential. “I love the variety in my role, the people I’ve met and the friendships I’ve made along the way,” she says. “Community care is a great choice for anyone who likes variety because you are moving between clients all day, adapting to different personalities, expectations and roles.”
On her weekends, you can find Angie at the skate park with her 11-year-old son, line dancing, reading or crocheting. The wanderlust bug bit early thanks to her mother’s influence, who remains a pivotal character in Angie’s life. “I’ve been very fortunate to have a mother who encouraged us all to go out into the world and explore,” she says.
Angie’s passion for what she does shows in the vibrancy that emanates from her when she talks about her field. She encourages anyone interested in HNG’s services to simply get in touch for a chat. “Talk to our staff and contact My Aged Care,” she says. “Our assistance doesn’t have to be intrusive or disrupt your way of life.”
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