Bec Bishop "Can-do care"
12 Dec 2018
Bec’s career with Catholic Healthcare has seen her rise from a trainee Care Worker straight out of school to become our newest Residential Care Manager, taking up the position at Hamlyn Terrace near Newcastle, NSW in early December. Bec is also a 2018 Gold DOVE Award winner.
Bec joined Emmaus Aged Care at Kemp’s Creek in Western Sydney on a traineeship as a Care Service Worker, where she learnt everything she could about running an aged care home.
She volunteered for any role she could find to learn about the aged care industry, from working in the kitchen to doing the laundry for residents and running activities. She even ran the health and safety committee just to learn how to make the workplace safer for her residents and fellow staff.
“I didn’t just want to be a carer. That’s important work. I also wanted to know how everything works. I wanted to see and experience everything that goes into running an aged care home,” said Bec.
Her passion for helping others started early. At school she volunteered in an aged care home as part of her Duke of Edinburgh community service.
It was watching her great grandmother’s experience as an aged care resident that inspired Bec to strive for innovation and improvement in everything she did.
“The nursing staff were very good to her, but I could always see ways of making life better for the residents, even back then.”
Bec has grown with the aged care industry and has always seen the importance of education as the industry evolves.
She completed her Certificate IV in Aged Care as a trainee in her first role at Emmaus and has added a Certificate IV in Service Co-ordination when her unique ability to lead others in delivering care was increasingly recognised by her supervisors. Finally, she achieved her Bachelor of Nursing working part time and studying full time with assistance from Catholic Healthcare.
Bec has built many wonderful relationships with residents and staff at Boddington. Last year she and her partner decided to make a life change and buy a property at Toronto on the north coast near Newcastle. She could have moved to another aged care provider with her experience, but after being offered the Residential Care Manager position at Hamlyn Terrace by Catholic Healthcare she knew it was the right decision to stay.
“Catholic Healthcare have always been supportive and flexible for me in helping me develop my career and my education,” said Bec.
Catholic Healthcare’s Human Resources Manager, Jill Paull, said, “Bec stands out as a passionate learner and carer and has taken up many opportunities presented to her at Catholic Healthcare. We are very proud of her achievements but more importantly, her attitude to her work and dedication to the people she serves. In my role I have observed Bec’s people management skills encompass all the values of this organisation, and her commitment and dedication to our staff and residents are evident in the way they respond to her.
Bec is as loyal and honest as she is hard working and driven; and whilst I know she is grateful for the opportunities she has been given, she has also given back in spades.”