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

I’ve been a staff nurse at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham since 2012 and I was inspired to take up a career in nursing after looking after my brothers and sisters when I was younger.

I love meeting patients and their families and getting to know all about them and I feel it is a privilege to be able to care for them when they are at their most vulnerable.

A typical day on the ward involves the medication rounds and meeting patients’ hygiene needs whilst making regular observations. We complete patients’ care plans and then receive patients back from theatre as well as liaising with physiotherapists and doctors to help patients recover quickly and hopefully be discharged home.

I always treat others how I would like to be treated and I help wherever I can. I find that it can be the simple, small things that make the difference to patients’ lives – like stopping for a chat or giving them a smile. I always treat patients with dignity and respect.

The advice I would give to someone thinking about becoming a nurse would be think carefully! You certainly don’t go into nursing for the money but if you are ok with that then it is a hugely rewarding career to take up.

I would sum up nursing in three words.

Challenging - caring for patients with very complex needs can be challenging, as well as dealing with staffing issues.

Exhausting – shifts can be very long and tiring, but you take the rough with the smooth.

Rewarding - to nurse a patient and feel like you have done a good job can be so rewarding and satisfying.

I relax outside work by spending time with my family and walking my dog.

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