It is not often you start a new job alongside one of your parents but that's exactly what has happened to Tiana Barosan.
Tiana is one of 37 new nurses and midwives that starts at Port Macquarie Base Hospital this year. She will start work alongside her mother, Marian Rickwood.
"It just kind of worked out that way," said Mrs Barosan.
"We both always wanted to be nurses and in the end we studied at the same time."
Mrs Barosan has two little children, three-year-old Dakota and eight-month-old Ally.
She said she knew from a young age she wanted to be a nurse.
"I was a lifeguard and it was through this experience I knew I wanted to look after people and help people, it stemmed from there," she said.
Marian who worked for 16 years in a Port Macquarie pharmacy said she had always dreamed of being a nurse too.
"One day I was sitting on the computer and looking at different pathways to get into university," she said.
Mrs Rickwood left school in year 10 so she had to do a bridging course to study nursing at Newcastle Uni.
She said she loved having her daughter in the same study cohort.
"Being able to study together meant we could bounce things off each other and we could debrief with each other," she said.
Mrs Rickwood has five children including Tiana aged between eight to 29 years so she will also be doing the "juggle".
"We work really well as a family," Mrs Rickwood said.
"I have my mother and mother-in-law here so that helps too."
Almost 100 new nurses and midwives will begin working across the Mid North Coast Health District this year, including 37 at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.
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