February 3, 2020

Mother and daughter graduate nurse duo in Northern Health first

It’s a family affair this year at Northern Health with the first ever mother and daughter starting their careers together as graduate nurses in 2020.

Rina and Shivani Buldaho were two of the 52 excited graduate nurses and midwives welcomed to Northern Health in January.

Rina tells us she decided to pursue a career in nursing after she was inspired by her daughter completing her studies.

“I would help Shivani with questions sometimes, and then I developed an interesting in nursing so I enrolled in the mid-year diploma,” she said.

Rina’s daughter, Shivani, says it’s special to start her career alongside her mother at the same health service.

“We helped each other in university and now here we are starting our careers together,” she says.

“It will be a good opportunity to continue learning from each other,” she tells us.

Rina adds, “It’s something unique. We got to study together, graduate together and now work together!”

“They’re memories we can cherish forever.”

A northern suburbs local, Rina also says she is also looking forward to providing care to the community she lives in.

“We are absolutely delighted to have our first graduate mother and daughter starting their careers together at Northern Health,” said Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Debra Bourne.

“This year is even more special for Rina and Shivani, as 2020 marks the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, as declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale,” she added.

Northern Health is marking the year under the theme ‘Caring Together’ – to showcase our nursing staff and their contribution.

Last week, we welcomed Channel 7 News to Northern Hospital to talk to Rina, Shivani and Debra Bourne – check out the video below to hear from them!

Featured Image (left to right): Rina and Shivani Buldaho