Nursing and midwifery people stories for NHS England and NHS Improvement
2020 is the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and a time when we will be celebrating and renewing perceptions of the professions. We want to encourage new people to join and existing staff to stay and we will use people stories to provide a snapshot and share good practice of the professions, throughout the year. These will be hosted on the NHS England and NHS Improvement website, and they may also be used as a starting point for media stories and interviews.
Name and role
Staff Nurse on MAU (Medical Admissions Unit)
On a typical day
I am usually one of the admissions nurses on MAU. I start at 7:30am and help on the ward area of MAU, then I return to our admissions area where I help triage new admissions, take bloods and ECGs, complete risk assessments and care plans and begin their treatment. I see patients when they are at their sickest and most vulnerable and try to give them timely treatment before moving them down to a bed on MAU or on a specialist ward.
One way I’ve made a difference as a nurse or midwife
I am currently in the process of developing a role on MAU to help staff members understand more about mental health, psychosis and dementia. I am completing an MSc in Mental Health Science to try and help bridge the gap between Medical Health and Mental Health – we typically see them as separate issues when in fact they are more intertwined than we believe. I am also an LBGTQ champion and regularly advocate for these patients.
What would you say to a young person interested in a career in nursing & midwifery?
Nursing in our current political climate is tough, there is no doubt about that; the demands of our job are ever increasing. However, if you are passionate about giving the best possible care and being an advocate for your patients you will absolutely thrive. Find out what kind of nursing you love, stay positive and be an ambassador for change – you will be amazing.