Day in The Life of a Nurse - Rebecca's story
Rebecca has been working as a nurse for 16 years and as an Out Patient Department Sister for the last seven years. She was inspired to become a nurse after caring for poorly siblings, and later her mother.
“I’ve always been a caring person and the experience of caring for a loved one felt very natural, so I quickly realised that nursing was what I wanted to do.”
And making a difference to people’s lives when they are unwell is the reason Rebecca is still nursing. “It always makes me smile when I know I’ve made a difference. I love what I do and it makes me so proud and happy to be in the caring profession.”
Rebecca can sum up her experience of nursing in three words; Proud, Happy and Loud!
She’s extremely Proud to have a career in nursing and putting her uniform and telling people what she does for a living makes her glow and feel good about herself.
Happy; a smile can make all the difference and knowing when to smile can make all the difference. Rebecca nurses for the patients and this makes her happy and hopes that it shows in her demeanour.
Loud; patient safety is very important to Rebecca and she is the patients’ advocate at all times. “If I feel that something is not right I will always say. If I don’t understand something I shall always say. I am also a Caremaker and the 6c’s (Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage, Commitment) are very important to me.”
A typical nursing day for Rebecca takes in problem solving, counselling, diplomacy, communication, having the courage to say what she believes and of course, smiling!
In her spare time, Rebecca unwinds by playing hockey and cricket and loves the social side of getting stuck into sports.