In high school my career’s officer suggested I look at becoming a nurse even though I wanted to work in a laboratory,so following her advice I decided to apply to nursing colleges and that was it, I never looked back!!
I trained at Epsom District Hospital , Surrey which was to become home for the next 3-4 years. I thoroughly enjoyed my training and time there.
After qualifying I stayed on a female medical ward for a while before moving on to work at The Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon to start a medical/ surgical Neuro-medical course. After completing the course I settled and stayed in the Intensive care unit, nursing and caring for patients in the most critical conditions as well as post surgery.
After starting a family I then moved into the community and worked in District Nursing which was more flexible. I spent several years in this area and found community nursing particularly rewarding as looking after patients in their own homes and planning their care enabled you to become more involved with the whole family and work with other agencies.
I have also spent time working with the team who developed and set up the Tooting Walk In Centre, which was based at St Georges Hospital which led me on to working in general practice as a practice nurse. Having worked in a few practices in Wandsworth and Southwark this quickly became my favourite field of nursing. The variety is so broad and experiences gained so wide from chronic disease management, baby & child immunisations, women’s health, wound care, simple dressings and a whole lot more.
40 years later I now have grandchildren and love spending time with them. I also enjoy travelling, baking and fitness during my ‘down time’.
RGN (Registered General Nurse)
ENB – Medical / Surgical Neuro-medical Nursing
Diploma in Physical Assessment of Health