Why did you join St Monica Trust?

I joined the Trust in 1984 because I wanted to work with the elderly and to gain experience before starting my nurse training, which I then went on to do.

What do you get up to on a typical day?

I give medications and do wound dressings. I do care planning and talk to the residents and their families.

What is the best or most rewarding thing about your role?

Making the residents I work with feel secure and happy.

What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?

When I left to do my training and then came back as a newly qualified nurse, I needed to use negotiation skills more in the workplace.

What's it really like to work here?

Enjoyable. The staff are caring and it’s friendly.

Tell us about the training and development...

The training and development is very good and we are encouraged to attend the training that is available.

What's been your biggest achievement?

Winning the Well-being Rose Award in 2013. I have worked as a Registered Nurse for the Trust for nearly 27 years and previously as a carer for two years.

What do you think makes someone successful at St Monica Trust?

Being happy.

What would you say to someone thinking of applying?

To encourage them to apply:

  1. I’d tell them that we provide excellent care and encourage team work.
  2. Residents and families like to see happy faces.
  3. Staff need to be honest, trustworthy, loyal and reliable.
  4. We wish for residents and families to feel that this is their home and we support all families, staff and residents. New staff are always made to feel at ease and welcome. We are a caring and loyal community. We also have the most wonderful gardens and chapel where there is usually a service on Sundays.