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Rachel Wade

Monday, 18 April, 2016
Rachel Wade

Senior sister on critical care at The Northumbria hospital

I was a student nurse between 1996 and 1999 and worked as a bank auxiliary nurse for the last two years while undertaking my registered nurse training on various wards within North Tyneside General Hospital.

After qualifying in 1999, I worked as a staff nurse on the cardiology and gynaecology wards at North Tyneside hospital. I joined the intensive care unit at North Tyneside hospital as a staff nurse in 2000 and I have progressed to senior staff nurse then junior sister to senior sister. Our entire department moved to The Northumbria Hospital in June 2015

I became a nurse at the age 22 as I was looking for a career that would provide me with plenty of opportunities in various roles. I wanted a career that involves utilising my personal skills, developing clinical skills, continuing my higher education, and with good career prospects.

I feel very lucky to have my job, I enjoy work, it is a constantly changing environment, and it is a privilege to help and care for people during what is often the most difficult time of their lives.

The people I work with is what I love most about nursing at Northumbria. I work within a fantastic team; we strive to offer the best for our patients. We constantly evaluate ourselves as a team to learn and improve things for our patients’ journeys and experiences.

Nurses, the matron, junior doctors, consultants, physios, nursing assistants, pharmacists, ward clerks, domestics, the outreach team – we all work so well together. We are able to contribute our thoughts/ideas/concerns to help improve and develop our service, whilst providing the best care we can for our patients.

I feel valued as an employee. These are the reasons I have stayed within this trust for 19 years.

I have developed my career at Northumbria from staff nurse to senior sister.

Academically I have continued higher education, gaining BSc in Nursing Science, Post Graduate Certificate in Practice Development (Coronary Care). Adult Critical Care/Foundations Critical Care/Mentorship at University of Northumbria

I have attended numerous conferences, trained in advanced life support and in transfer of the critically ill and completed an NHS leadership programme.

It was an amazing opportunity to be one of the lead nurses involved with the planning/design of our critical care unit at the new Northumbria hospital. As part of a team with another senior sister, a matron and two consultants, we were privileged to have so much input in the design of our fantastic critical care unit.