Day in The Life of a Nurse - Felicity's story
“I was a Veterinary Nurse prior to this, so I have had a change of species!”
Felicity has been working as a Staff Nurse for two years at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham caring for patients before and after surgery, aiding them in their recovery and working with them towards better mobility and reduced pain after their operations.
She used to be a Veterinary Nurse before her current role.
“I loved my old job but felt that I needed a new challenge in a career that could offer me wider future opportunities. My Auntie worked as a nurse and then as a midwife and she was very keen for me to follow in her footsteps so she encouraged me to enrol at University and go for it”
On a typical nursing day she has a busy shift which includes giving medications, checking clinical observations, reviewing blood results, working with physiotherapists, giving personal care, changing dressings and organising care with her colleagues.
“I love being able to work so closely with people, their families and friends to help them to achieve the best health and quality of life that they can. It’s a huge privilege to care for people and I feel that I make a difference to people’s lives by being the person they can turn to and confide in, the one to hold their hand and help them to feel better.”
Felicity praises her colleagues and feels lucky that she is part of such a great team who are always there for each other and work together to provide the best care.
“I don’t have a particular highlight of my nursing career so far, but I can say I have taken much joy in the small successes I have achieved, like when a patient looks to me for guidance and support and when I can fulfil their needs and make them smile. It makes the hardest day worthwhile.”
Felicity’s advice for anyone thinking of training to be a nurse is try to be prepared for the challenges as well as the opportunities of being a nurse.
“I believe that if you have a good heart and always have your patients’ welfare at the forefront of your concern then you are halfway there! The clinical expertise comes with training and learning.”
When Felicity is not at work she loves exercising, whether it be walking, weight training, or doing a cardio-based workout. For relaxation, it’s meditating, reading and days out with her family.