Why did you join St Monica Trust?
I enjoy working with older people and my daughter had previously worked as a Nursing Care Assistant and really loved it. I wanted to make a difference to the lives of older people, which the St Monica Trust allows me to do.
What do you get up to on a typical day?
On an early shift, I start by doing the medication round, then prepare for the doctors' rounds. Perhaps ringing the pharmacy to chase medication. Talking with relatives and spending a little time with each resident.
What is the best or most rewarding thing about your role?
Working as part of – and feeling part of – a team. Being able to do personal care etc.
What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?
Knowing when to call a doctor to see a resident. I overcame this by ringing a colleague on another unit to come and assess the resident. This confirmed that a doctor was required.
What's it really like to work here?
Friendly, happy, a joy to get up in the morning. You feel like you are working with a second family. A home from home.
Tell us about the training and development...
There is a three-day induction course which is very informative. E-learning modules to work through. Study days to attend and reflect on. Recently having the chance to attend a study in symptom recognition and when to go to hospital. Lots of informative available and to feedback to colleagues.
What's been your biggest achievement?
Returning to nursing after a seven year break, completing a Return to Practice course and being given the opportunity to work at St Monica Trust. It has re-awakened me to why I wanted to be a nurse and has given me confidence.
What do you think makes someone successful at St Monica Trust?
Wanting to work with older people, asking questions if unsure, being able to be part of a team, wanting to learn and share your knowledge.
What would you say to someone thinking of applying?
Don’t be afraid to put your application form in. Come and visit us first and have an informal look around, get the feel of the unit and the residents. You need to want to work with older people and do the best for them – this is their home. Keep in mind as a Registered Nurse that you do not become de-skilled as some people think. A Registered Nurse here has many skills and you are never on your own, there is always someone to call on for a second opinion. Training opportunities are available for us all. Everyone is involved – we are one big family who all bring different skills, talents and knowledge. You will have a good work life balance.