District nurse, Joanne Nichols explains why she finds community nursing so rewarding
“For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a nurse. I wanted a job where I could make a difference to peoples’ lives.”
Joanne Nichols is a District Nurse Team Lead in Bellingham, a rural village in Northumberland where she has worked for 7 years.
After qualifying as a nurse in 2010, she started her nursing career working in A&E at Wansbeck General Hospital for four years. She then joined the community as a Community Staff Nurse in Bellingham, and was promoted to Team Lead which is her current role.
She loves the job satisfaction, gratification and enjoyment she gets from working in the community. Here, Joanne shares her career story with us and talks about why she’s never looked back.
What do you love most about working in community nursing?
“I love the fact that no two days are the same, and the variety that the job brings makes it really exciting. I find that knowing I’ve made a difference to someone, or a family, is really rewarding, which makes my everyday job a real joy. The regular hours and the supportive nature of being in the community nursing sector means I can have a healthy work-life balance too.”
How does your role enable you to build relationships with patients and their families, and what does it mean to you?
“It’s a real privilege to build relationships with my patients and their families, and I love how community nursing allows you to spend more time with patients, getting to know them and understanding how best to support them. It’s my job to assess and support patients, then coordinate their care package to give them the help they need. It’s really rewarding and I’ve cared for many of my patients for several years.”
What’s the best thing about being a Team Lead?
“Leading a team full of people who are friendly, supportive and passionate about providing the very best care for our patients makes my job as a Team Lead really rewarding. To know that I’m coming to work with people who enjoy their job, and thrive from helping others is brilliant. We do all types of nursing including specialist care for people with long-term conditions and patients approaching end of life, as well as providing specialist care for patients to prevent them from having to go into hospital unless they really need to; this again demonstrates just how different each day can be.”
“I’d highly recommend community nursing to anyone who is passionate about helping others and who wants to give back to the community.”
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