The strength of caring

The strength of caring

Every day, La Trobe graduates are proving themselves as global leaders. Over a video call, we recently reunited nursing graduate, Yanti Turang, with her La Trobe mentor, Gayle McKenzie.

We recently reunited nursing graduate, Yanti Turang, with her La Trobe mentor, Gayle McKenzie.

Gayle has been mentoring aspiring nurses in La Trobe’s first-class nursing degrees since 2003. As a hugely experienced educator and registered nurse, Gayle is one of the world’s leading experts in pharmacology. She is the co-author of Pharmacology in Nursing, which published its third edition in 2019, and Clinical Companion: Medical-Surgical Nursing, which is in its second edition.

When Gayle met Yanti in 2007, she knew to encourage her leadership skills.

“Gayle gave me a lot of confidence to open those doors,” says Yanti. “‘Trust yourself, Yanti,’ [she’d tell me].”

After graduating from La Trobe with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2008, Yanti carved out her own path. In 2011, she founded Learn2Live – an international not-for-profit organisation that aims to provide quality healthcare, healthcare education and sustainable access to clean water across Indonesia, Laos, South Africa and Kenya.

When COVID-19 hit the United States earlier this year, Yanti found herself in the midst of the storm. As Deputy Medical Monitoring Manager at the Medical Monitoring Station (MMS) in New Orleans, she’s now helping to run a COVID-19 treatment centre.

“To see you now, in charge of COVID hospitals, it’s amazing,” says Gayle.

La Trobe is ranked #2 in the world for health and wellbeing, and our nursing subjects are ranked in the top 100 in the world.

Meet more inspiring mentors at La Trobe.