The 12th of May is #NursesDay and we’re celebrating nurses EVERYWHERE. You’re all truly amazing 💚
Our #bestofnursing story comes from Nicola, our Assistant Case Manager, a RN with over 25 years of experience. Take a moment to read her story below…
“I first registered as a nurse in 1997 after three years of training at Northumbria University. I love the fact that no two days are ever the same, I am always learning. Just as I think I may have seen it all something always crops up to prove me wrong!
The biggest challenge of my career so far was undoubtedly the pandemic. I was redeployed to the community during this time. With many staff off either sick or self-isolating as well as many patients being discharged from hospital early and needing daily dressing changes and medication, we were incredibly busy. Things got even busier over winter as we were putting PPE on outside in the rain, wind and snow and navigating our way through the countryside around floods, ice, and the occasional herd of cows! We were all working overtime to ensure everyone got seen. Whilst other people were socially distancing, we had to get close to our patients and there was always a worry that we would take COVID back to our colleagues and families, even though we were extremely careful. We were also the only people many patients saw as they often lived alone, which made it a very fulfilling time as most people were so grateful to have someone to talk to. I worked with an amazing team, and we were always there to help each other out.
I feel so privileged to have been a small part of so many people’s lives, often during very difficult times, and to have learned so much from my experiences. The skills I have learned in the NHS are invaluable to me in my current role where I frequently meet people who are facing very challenging situations. I love being part of a team of people from such different professional backgrounds with a wealth of experience. We can come up with creative, bespoke solutions to meet clients’ needs and I find that very rewarding.”
Nicola, Assistant Case Manager at UKCM