Nicole Gleeson was born and raised on a farm in regional Victoria, and has a keen understanding of the needs of rural families and businesses.
Currently a Clinical Nurse Specialist at a large tertiary hospital in Melbourne, Nicole has a wealth of industry experience through her roles in Emergency, Paediatrics and as a School Nurse.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology), Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice (Paediatrics), and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116). Nicole is always learning, and attending additional courses; she has completed her Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) and recently become an Accredited Nurse Immuniser.
Having now moved back to regional Victoria, Nicole is armed with knowledge and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and making first aid readily available for Victorian families and businesses.
“Working in a major trauma centre puts me in a unique position to bring the information and experience with me back to regional Victoria,” Nicole said. “CPR and first aid education should be accessible to all.”
“Living on the land, in a regional or rural area has so many wonderful advantages, but one disadvantage is the lack of medical and health support, and access to education surrounding that. I believe your postcode shouldn’t define your ability to seek quality education.”
While there has been a huge improvement in Telehealth and technology healthcare, there is still a longer wait-time for ambulances in rural areas, and Nicole said what happens before paramedics arrive can make the biggest difference.
“All new parents need to be equipped with these life-saving skills,” she said in relation to Rhythm’s Infant + Child First Aid course.
“I believe in alleviating fear through our courses. We empower parents with the facts, and encourage them to always follow their own gut instinct!”
Nicole said it is important that first aid is appealing and engaging, so people undertake a course of their own volition (and not only when it’s ‘compulsory’).
“It’s a safer community for all, if everyone is educated in first aid. I want to help prevent some of the devastating impacts of accidents and emergencies, to help preserve life, and provide positive outcomes for all Victorians,” she revealed.
“It would be my dream that one day, all 18 year-olds had to complete a basic CPR and first aid course when obtaining their drivers’ license.”
This passion for great community outcomes is evident to anyone who has worked alongside Nicole, or participated in her courses.
“Rhythm First Aid has such a huge community focus; we want to give back to rural and regional areas as best we can, in an impactful way,” she said.