After experiencing a personal tragedy, Talissha witnessed first-hand the profound effect that nurses had on people and decided to pursue a career in nursing.
"The nurses were the ones who got me through it – they were amazing and it was then, that I knew I wanted a career where I would be helping people,’’ she said.
Talissha went on to study nursing at JCU and after graduating in 2007 began working in the Mater’s Intensive Care Unit.
12 years on and Talissha is a busy mum of three beautiful children aged 11, 9 and 4 and is still as passionate as ever about helping people.
Having all Mater staff training in a real life setting rather than classrooms or online gives a better outcome for the individual, the organisation and ultimately the patientsTalissha Wagner
In her current role she leads a team, who in partnership with other teams within the Mater, are responsible for the training, development and education of all 960 Mater staff with the goal of providing the best patient experience possible.
One of the many key projects she is working on is to include more simulation training for staff.
"Having all Mater staff training in a real life setting rather than classrooms or online gives a better outcome for the individual, the organisation and ultimately the patients,’’ she said.
When Talissha is not at work her life doesn’t slow down, especially with a FIFO husband.
"I am always on the go. All three of my kids play multiple sports so I am always running around taking them to sporting events or training,’’ she said.
Talissha said the Mater was simply an extension of her busy little family.
"I love the people here – we are a big family and we all look out for each other, both at work and in our everyday lives.’’