Working With Us
Our staff make this hospital what it is, everyone’s contribution is valued and acknowledged.
With over 100 staff roles at the Trust, every single employee has a part in making the team at CUH the very best.
Whatever your role, the quality of care our patients receive is dependent on the contribution of each and every member of staff. We believe that this is a joint approach – the attitude, qualities and skills you bring to your role in the Trust and the support, development and job satisfaction you can and will expect from us in return.
Hi, my name is Sarah and I started at Addenbrooke’s as a newly qualified nurse in October 2014.
At this time I was lucky enough to obtain a place on the rotation programme. I started my journey in the Paediatric Emergency Department, moved to ward F3 after 6 months, then after another 6 months went to Paediatric Recovery. The rotation was a really wonderful opportunity for me, I was able to gain lots of experience in a variety of areas and form lasting professional relationships with different members of the multidisciplinary team.
At the end of my rotation I was able to apply for the area I wished to return to permanently. In 2016 I therefore returned to the Paediatric Emergency department and continued to develop my nursing skills. I additionally was able to develop ED specific skills including; cannulation, xray ordering, PGD medication administration, wound care, plaster casts and the care of the sick child in the resuscitation room.
I loved working in the Emergency Department, but in May 2018 I felt I was ready for a new challenge. I applied for the position of junior sister on ward F3, and was fortunate enough to be offered the role. There I was able to further develop my ward nursing skills especially; coordinating care for a number of patients, post-operative care and caring for patients and families for a longer period of time than in ED. I also trained to work in the pre-operative assessment clinic based on ward F3, getting patients ready for upcoming surgery. As a part of children’s services when I was on F3 I was often required to work on the other paediatric wards in order to ensure safe staffing levels.
As part of my role as a junior sister on F3 I was trained to be the bleep holder for paediatrics. This was an extremely valuable experience for me as it taught me a lot about bed management and staff allocation. Additionally while holding the bleep I was the designated nurse for professionals to contact with concerns and issues, this developed my skills in problem solving and taught me about accountability.
Finally in September 2018 I moved back to the Paediatric Emergency Department, as I was thrilled to be offered the position of junior sister. I have been working here ever since and feel I am an ED nurse at heart! Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love my job, and would never choose to do anything else with my life.
As you can see I have been fortunate enough to work in a variety of places within Paediatrics at CUH, in fact I have been lucky enough to work across 3 different divisions in my time here. CUH has also given me the opportunity to undertake lots of further training, including; european paediatric advanced life support, the trauma study day, mentorship training and I obtained an award in leadership and team skills.
Saturday 07th November 2020
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