Baptcare nurse committed to serving community

Janapriya Dissanayake first joined Baptcare as a Personal Care Worker at our Hedley Sutton Community, more than nine years ago. Originally an IT professional, he only planned to work with us for a short time, but enjoyed the supportive culture at Baptcare so much he decided to pursue a career in nursing.

“I have learnt that every day is a different day, no one can really predict what is going to happen. This constant excitement is quite challenging, but gives me chances to make quick decisions and I never get bored,” he said.

After getting married in 2003, Janapriya moved to Australia with his wife, but found the IT industry competitive and often inaccessible. He soon looked into a personal care course on the advice of a friend and has never looked back.

“Being a nurse is an opportunity to show compassion and kindness.

“I believe a nurse can make a big difference in people’s lives in aged care. At the end of the day I walk home with a satisfied feeling, that is the wonderful reward of this job.”

Despite the challenges that come with being a nurse, Janapriya enjoys the diversity of his role and the support of his team.

Last year he was provided with the opportunity to participate in two study programs at Baptcare which reinforced his passion for nursing and aged care.

“I found participating in such programs very useful in my day to day work and it has helped me to maintain up to date knowledge in the industry,” he said.

“I was also encouraged by my supervisors and colleagues who have supported me in becoming a nurse.”

Hailing Baptcare as the organisation that launched his career, Janapriya will soon commence further studies to become a registered nurse.

“Baptcare is one of the well-established organisations that provide a number of great services to the community with quite a long history. I am proud to say that I am part of this organisation and want to continue working here while completing my further studies.”