I come from a nursing family, as both my parents, my grandmother and others have worked in nursing. I’ve always been around it. Before I started my degree I spent five years working in a nursing home. Although I loved the work I was doing, I felt I could do more, so decided that becoming a nurse was the right thing for me to do.
I completed my degree with the University of Wolverhampton, and did my training at Queen’s Hospital in Burton. I attended an open day at Derby when I was looking for work. I had seen Superhospital, so knew a little about the hospital, but I was even more impressed after the open day. I liked the preceptorship programme and the opportunities which are available to staff here.
I initially wanted to work in short stay, but I was offered a Department of Medicine for the Elderly ward instead, and I’m now very pleased. As soon as I stepped on Ward 401, I knew it was where I wanted to be. I love the personalised care, and the organisation and friendliness of the staff. Everyone has been so encouraging and it has really helped me to build my confidence.
The difference you can make to patients is unique in DME. They need someone to laugh with and help them find some enjoyment. It’s hard work, but it’s very rewarding. Sometimes they can feel very vulnerable when they are on the ward, but we can make them feel comfortable and bring them some joy. I enjoy making a difference to these patients. No two patients are the same, and I like trying to individualise their care.
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