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Day in The Life of a Nurse - Sheila's story

“If I could some up in three words what nursing means to me it would be Caring, Compassion and Commitment.”

Sheila has been working as a nurse for 50 years and her current role is Operating Department Practitioner. Her father passed away when she was seventeen and, along with caring for her grandparents, she was inspired to become a nurse always knowing that she wanted to care for others.

“For me, nursing has been a very rewarding career knowing that I’m always doing the best for my patients, always treating them as if they were my own loved ones.”

Sheila’s day starts at 8.00am when she meets her operating theatre team to discuss the day’s workload and special requirements for each operation. The team carry out four or five hip and knee operations in one day.

It’s the variety of the work that Sheila has found most rewarding about her career so far. After her general training she completed a midwifery course and worked as midwife for a year. She wanted to travel so she completed a course in Orthopaedics, an area she still works in to this day. The course enabled her to travel and work in America and Ireland, before returning to the UK and The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham.

“My aim as a nurse has always been to get people mobile and free from pain.”

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