Elizabeth Stearne RN – Committee Member
Flight Nurse RFDS (Western Operations)
Hi My name is Libby Stearne
I have been with RFDS western ops for 4 years in January 2020, and love it.
I commenced my nursing career as an EN in Kalgoorlie TAFE/ hospital. In 1994 I moved from the country to Fremantle Hospital to be in the first intake of an EN graduate program. I spent 15 years working at Freo, during this time I became an RN, I worked in many different areas at Freo hospital, Freo has such a special place in my heart, as a tertiary hospital it was small enough know many of the staff and big enough to see some amazing medical research and treatments, having the “cappuccino strip” at my finger tips was an added bonus.
From Fremantle hospital I became a Midwife at King Edward Memorial Hospital, I worked primarily in the Labour and Birth Suite for approx 4 years. I thrived on the high risk deliveries, but really don’t know what a low risk delivery is like. By this time I had my heart set on becoming a Flight Nurse and was prepared to do what ever I needed to do to achieve this goal.
As a family we decided to take our two sons, then 9 and 7 to a small mining town in the Northern Goldfields of WA, a town called Leinster, I managed to get Rural and Remote nursing skills here, plus I went back to Kalgoorlie hospital (some 350kms away) for a few Midwifery shifts over the three years spent in the Goldfeilds. We decided to move back to Perth so our eldest son could start high school, at the same time I applied to RFDS and was offered an FN position in Meekatharra,
I spent a year in Meekatharra doing FIFO and then transferred to a Jandakot for a full time position. I am so grateful for the amazing opportunities I have had over the years and for being able to fulfil my dream of becoming a FN for RFDS.