The most rewarding part of my job is spending time with service users and knowing that I am actively trying to make a difference to their quality of life.
In celebration of Nurses Day 2018, which is all about saying thank you to our nurses for dedicating their careers to delivering outstanding care, we’ve spoken with one of our valued nurses to hear her insight into working with us. Jordan started with Milestones Trust as a support worker, and with the support of the Trust, went on to do her training and has now completed her preceptorship with us as a Registered Learning Disability Nurse.
1. When did you first know that you wanted to become a nurse?
The first time I realised that I wanted to be a nurse was when I was working as a support worker. I realised that I wanted to do more and gain more knowledge about clinical practice, legislation and being involved in providing holistic care for a service user.
2. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is spending time with service users and knowing that I am actively trying to make a difference to their quality of life. It is rewarding when the hard work that you put in to make a change is reflected within the service user and their family and friends.
3. Are there any particular challenges you’ve had to overcome in your role as a nurse?
The biggest challenge for me in my role as a nurse is asserting myself as an assistant home manager instead of a support worker. I am very much a team player and like to gain everyone’s input in decision making and my colleagues have helped support me to do this.
4. What do you most like about working in a care home?
What I like most about working in a care home is the relationships I build with the service users and staff. I like the setting as it is homely and I feel that there is consistency and enjoyment within the setting.
5. For anyone thinking about a career as a nurse, what advice would you give them?
I would say go for it! I doubted myself for so long and with the right support from my team and a bit of confidence I decided to apply and it was one of the best decisions I made. I absolutely love my job; even though it is busy and stressful there is never a dull moment. My biggest piece of advice is go for it and apply. It will be an amazing experience and you will meet some inspirational students, lecturers and professionals along the way.