Gaining experience and finding a focus
“After I graduated I moved to London, where I was offered my first job as a staff nurse in a busy paediatric intensive care unit, which was the best thing I have done, as it gave me such invaluable experiences and training. The hospital was part of the London Trauma Network, which meant I was able to further develop my trauma care skills, especially in gang-related crime, such as shootings and stabbings, which definitely gets your adrenaline rushing.
"Working within such a culturally diverse city gave me the opportunity to care for children and families from different cultures, with different religious views, furthering my understanding of the contrasting needs and expectations that come with patients from different demographics.
“However, after only four months, I relocated back to the South West due to my mum’s ill health. I was offered a band 5 staff nurse post working on the Children's Assessment Unit at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, which included a rotation to the emergency department, where I remained in a permanent position for two years.