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Hobart nurse fronts clothing campaign

Retail brand Jeanswest is set to celebrate its fans in a campaign featuring seven of its members, with a Hobart nurse among them.

Gracie Patten, who works as a paediatrics and theatre nurse, will take centre stage in the brand's windows across Tasmania.

After finishing her fast-track nursing course at the University of Tasmania in 2016, Patten started working in the Royal Hobart Hospital and the Hobart Private Hospital, in paediatrics and theatre respectively. A typical week for her consists of a minimum of 44 hours in shift work.

The mother of three (including twins) said she was more than "just a nurse" – a term that she hates.

"It's hard to switch off from nursing – once you're a nurse you're sort of always a nurse," Patten said. "[By doing this campaign] I wanted people to realise that nurses are people too."

Patten spoke with Nursing Review about fronting a clothing campaign, the role of nurses and her journey in the profession.

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