From a small child, the author wanted to be “a nurse like Aunty Mavis”. Her Aunty Mavis told her amazing and funny stories of nursing adventures and travels on great ocean liners to see wonderful places, different cultures and art works throughout the world.
While Denise Petersen struggled in her education, nothing would stop her from emulating the nursing career and adventurous travels of her much-loved aunt.
After successfully completing her studies, Denise worked as a Midwife and Registered Nurse. She cared for people in far-off countries, found romance in Papua New Guinea and sailed yachts on vast oceans. She eventually settled in Cairns in tropical North Queensland, Australia, with her husband and two children. At Cairns Base Hospital she further enhanced her nursing career of over fifty years and discovered her passion of caring for children with cancer and their families.
Denise’s book has earned praise from esteemed nursing colleagues. Here is one example:
This book is engaging, humorous and insightful. Denise’s journey exemplifies … the true spirit of the Nurse and Midwife – high standards of practice, kindness and compassion, cultural respect, flexibility and, importantly, a sense of humour.
Jenny Sando RN, PhD, Nursing Director, Education/Research, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service
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