Local nurses Mandy Bryant and Michelle Haynes with their children.
Local nurses Mandy Bryant and Michelle Haynes with their children.

Helpful mums make a difference

MANDY Bryant and Michelle Haynes are two Clarence Valley women who want to make a difference within the community.

The Grafton-born friends are nurses and have always had a soft spot for their home town.

“I've always loved the country lifestyle,” said Michelle, who is a mother of two.

Mandy moved away to complete her degree on the Gold Coast, while Michelle went inland and north to Darwin.

“I came back to Grafton to raise a family,” said Mandy, who has three kids.

Being in the emergency department means the girls see quite a lot of things other people may not be able to handle.

“Not much bothers us anymore,” Mandy said.

“When we first started, some situations and injuries could be quite confronting, but neither of us has ever been worried about the blood and guts of the job.”

When asked why they had sought a career in nursing, Mandy and Michelle agreed on one main reason – to make a difference and help people when they need it.



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