Hello! My name is Emily and I am a Registered Nurse (Adult). I am a community specialist nurse in home parenteral nutrition working for B.Braun and bank Nurse at the University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL). I joined the NMC register March 2017 when I qualified from De Montfort University with a 1st class honours degree in Adult Nursing.
I fell into nursing accidentally. I wanted to help people but was never really sure exactly what I wanted to do. After my a-levels, I topped up my UCAS points with a health and social care BTEC at Leicester College and thought that nursing would probably suit me. To be honest, I don’t think I really understood what nursing was until I started my course. I am so proud to be a nurse and I couldn’t have fallen into a better career. It’s the perfect balance of learning, doing, making a difference, problem solving and working as a team – all things that I love.
I trained at DMU in Leicester (my home town because I didn’t dare venture too far from home) and when I qualified I started work on a thoracic surgery ward which deals with all kinds of lung surgery – thoracotomies, chest drains, empyemas and EPD’s. It was a great learning experience because I dealt with admissions, discharges, post op care and acutely unwell patients. Six months in, I joined the bank to get myself some experience and branch out. I would recommend everyone join the bank because its invaluable experience. It was scary at first but the more I did it the easier it got and you learn so much. It’s just important that when you are outside your comfort zone you stay safe and hold your hands up if you aren’t sure about something. Practice safely. After a year I decided to move to a cardiac and respiratory AICU for more experience because I realised I quite liked looking after very poorly people and wanted to develop more skills. I work hard and love to support my colleagues.
I then took a big jump out into the community and am now a B.Braun Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN) Nurse. We support and train people to administer nutrition through a central line into a big vein near the heart. There are a variety of conditions that may lead to the need for HPN but the most common ones are crohn’s disease and bowel cancer. I have such a great team supporting me and I am loving it. It’s great to be able to play a part in supporting people at home with complex health needs so they can carry on living their life as best they can without being stuck in hospital.
I was previously a Macmillan volunteer, Caremaker and I’m currently a Nurse Ambassador and Florence Nightingale nurse to name a few things that I do on the side! I enjoy keeping up to date with current nursing issues and am active on Twitter. Twitter is so great for making connections with other like minded people and keeping up to date with whats going on!
Aside from all the nursing stuff, I love my doggo, gardening and long walks in the sunshine with pals. I also love a boogie to the radio, pub quizzes and yoga.