Earth Angels captured in Coffs film

A COFFS Harbour health worker is hoping a documentary she made for a film contest will show the world just how special nurses are.

Coffs Harbour-based clinical nurse educator Carolyn Guichard has finished filming her documentary Earthly Angel: The Art of Nursing and will enter the film in the first International Nurses' Day Short Film Festival in May.

The film profiles a family's journey with illness and death of a love one and discusses the strong relationship that developed between the family and the palliative care nurse - a bond that Carolyn says also became the basis for the film's title.

“The lady called the nurse 'her angel' and the film is really a homage to the nurse,” Carolyn said. “Two years on and the family still love the nurse like a family member, and it really shows how much of an impression one human being can make.”

Carolyn filmed the documentary at Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie, and in the process of making the film, she also attended a workshop at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) with renowned film maker Maia Horniak.

“It was just amazing, she (Maia) condensed years of experience into classes of only a few hours,” Carolyn said.

The workshop taught Carolyn filmmaking skills such as composition, lighting and editing, and she not only utilised the skills in the making of her documentary but is also looking forward to putting them into practice in her position as an educator.

While the short film contest, run by the NSW Nurses Association, has $9000 in prize money up for grabs, Carolyn said the real reason she made the film was to 'let people know how special nurses are'.

“In really terrible circumstances, nurses make a difference,” she said.

“I want to show how fantastic the profession is, how important nurses really are.”

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