Laura Whitehead - Staff Nurse, Ward 9
I joined East Cheshire NHS Trust in December 2017 as Bank HCA and then joined Ward 9 as a qualified nurse in March 2018. I have always been passionate about dementia care and I used to work in nursing homes from the age of 17. I initially worked as a healthcare assistant in a nursing home and then went to do my nurse training. I then worked as a health carer in this hospital before qualifying and undertaking my current curse role on Ward 9.
Being a Nurse involves being selfless and being the support and shoulder to cry on. I help with all aspects of activities of daily living, from giving medicines to giving lifesaving treatment, to helping people get dressed and to ensuring safe discharges.I feel very proud when a patient remembers my name and when this happens I know I have done a good job.
My favourite elements of the role are being able to speak to people and learn about their past experiences. It can be truly inspirational and help you tailor to their needs. Also, all the staff are selfless and a joy to work with.The trust has supported me in my development by offering a wonderful induction programme to support new nurses in addition to all staff being very supportive. One of my favourite memories in my current role was learning to dance with a patient, I had such a lovely afternoon.
Nursing can be challenging but it is worth it! It is so rewarding. For anyone thinking about becoming a Nurse, the nursing degree is tough but you will get there and it is a wonderful career to have.