I also work with medical students and Trainee Assistant Practitioners whilst they are on placement in the community setting.
Each day is different, will I be going North, South East or West today, and it all depends on my commitments in my diary as to which part of East Lancashire I will be working. I travel over 4000 miles a year and I know the M65 very well, I think I have left 2 grooves in the tarmac East & West!
How did you start your career in health?
I always wanted to be a nurse from being very small and that never waned as I grew up. I wrote to my local hospital The George Eliot in Nuneaton when I was 10 to say I was interested in being a nurse!
I went onto to study Pre Nursing at College and started as a trainee nurse in 1987 at The George Eliot Hospital in Warwickshire.
I worked through the ranks in general medicine and worked in several specialities which included Dermatology, Cardiac Research, Chemotherapy, Bed Manager, Ward Manager and 12 years as an Infection Prevention & Control Specialist Nurse.
I was even nurse in Los Angeles, USA.
How did you reach your current position?
I relocated to Lancashire in 2016 and had a complete change and moved into Community Nursing and I love every minute of it. My passion is teaching and the role of Community Practice Educator came up 18 months ago and I was successful and I can now combine my love of community nursing with my experience of teaching to pass on knowledge and skills to the future workforce.
I thoroughly enjoy the fact that each day is different and when I am not clinical or teaching I am involved in the future plans for the Community Intermediate Care Directorate to ensure we continue to meet the needs of the population in the ever evolving world of healthcare.
Who or what has been your inspiration?
My sister has retired from nursing and was my inspiration along with my own aspirations to be a nurse. Also senior nurse managers I have met along the way have inspired me. The bravery of patients and their families as they allow us to touch their lives in times of illness is my daily focus.
What advice would you give others on reaching their potential or embarking on a career in health?
I learn something new every day and that is the excitement about healthcare in modern times. The challenges exist and the NHS is constantly developing to meet the needs of the population which means it is ever evolving.You are the future generation of healthcare workers and I will share my knowledge with you whenever I get the opportunity.
What does mean 2020 #YearoftheNurseandMidwife to you?
I am really proud of my career choice and I work for an amazing organisation ‘The NHS’.
The Year of the Nurse & Midwife enables us all to showcase our profession and it has allowed me to work in a wide range of specialities and supported my education and promotion.
Favourite quotes of all time
It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
George Eliot, English novelist
‘The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm’
Florence Nightingale, Nurse