When did you start working at Kingston Hospital?
What job were you doing when you started here?
Healthcare Assistant on Isabella ward
What is your current role?
Staff Nurse ITU
What does your role entail?
We provide a high standard of care and support to critically ill patients and their families. Liasing with the entire Multi Disciplinary Team to optimise health and wellbeing.
How did you get to where you are now?
After a year on Isabella ward, I had my appraisal and I mentioned to the sister on my ward that I wanted to become a ‘real’ nurse, however I had very few qualifications and knew that I wouldn’t be able to get into university. Therefore, it was arranged that I could sign up for my NVQ Level 3 in Health studies, I completed this course and was then encouraged and supported to undertake my numeracy level 2 at Hillcroft College, which is an amazing women's charity in Surbiton. After completing this, I then had enough credits to apply for university, which I successfully did and I was lucky enough to be one of three Healthcare Assistants chosen to be seconded to University. I started University in Sept 2010 on the diploma course. I absolutely loved it and the university offered me the opportunity to switch over to the Degree course. I took the plunge and after a gruelling few months of report and dissertation writing I completed the degree programme with 1st class (hons) in adult nursing!!! I had my final placement as a student in ITU at Kingston and after applying for a Band 5 post I now have a job on the unit and I am so excited about the future.
What do you enjoy about your job?
Making a difference every single day.
Why do you like working at Kingston Hospital?
It is a friendly and supportive place to work. I feel a huge amount of loyalty to the trust and have no intentions of moving any time soon. They have invested a lot of time and money into my career development and I owe it to them to be the best nurse I can be and represent the trust in the best possible light, by committing to the delivery of high quality care.
It is an amazing place to work and I feel very proud to be a part of the team. From the cleaners to the consultants there is a real sense of mutual respect for one another within the trust. I believe that Kingston recognises the strength and contribution of its entire staff, understanding that in order to deliver quality care all employees must feel appreciated for their role in the patient journey.
What support or development have you received while working at KHT to enable you to get where you are now?
I would not be where I am today without the unconditional support and encouragement from Sarah Connor (Head of Practice Development). She has believed in me from the very first day and I will be forever grateful for all of her guidance and wise words.