Lieutenant Leigh-teagan Wilde commissioned as a Nursing Officer within the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps in 2014, through the undergraduate officer entry scheme. She was posted to the Regional Education Department at Enoggera Barracks, where she completed a Bachelor of Nursing at Australian Catholic University. In 2016, Lieutenant Wilde posted to the 2nd General Health Battalion to complete her post-graduate nursing placement. During this time, Lieutenant Wilde worked in the Emergency department, Rapid Assessment Unit, Medium and Secure Mental Health units, and in after-hours General Practice. Whilst at the 2nd General Health Battalion, Lieutenant Wilde was able to participate as a shadow Nursing Officer on a number of exercises including Exercise Giant Viper 2017 and Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017.
Lieutenant Wilde posted to the 2nd Close Health Company, 1st Close Health Battalion in Townsville in 2018, where she undertook the role of Training Officer and platoon commander. During this time, Lieutenant Wilde developed a strong passion for the ongoing clinical education and mentoring of the Combat First Aiders and of the Medical Technicians, leading to the development of the ongoing weekly ADF/JCU Anatomy and cadaver education sessions. Throughout her posting, Lieutenant Wilde has undertaken the role of an Integral Nursing Officer on Exercise Dingo Walk in 2018, as Lead Instructor on ClinEx 2018, and as a Treatment Team Nursing Officer on Exercise Brolga Sprint in 2019.
Whilst at the 2nd Close Health Company, 1st Close Health Battalion, Lieutenant Wilde has performed the extra Regimental role of Long Term Schooling Administrative Manager. Lieutenant Wilde has been fortunate enough to represent the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps as the Alumni guest speaker at Australian Catholic University Nurse’s Week in 2018.
Lieutenant Wilde is currently studying her Masters of Traumatology through University of Newcastle, and a Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy at James Cook University. Lieutenant Wilde remains posted to the 2nd Close Health Company, 1st Close Health Battalion in Townsville, where she lives with her partner and her 2 rescue greyhounds.
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