I have worked in Southampton hospitals since I started nurse training in 1978! After qualifying I worked on medical, cardiac and thoracic wards as a staff nurse. In 1983 I joined the Cardiac Intensive Care team caring for patients and babies who had heart surgery. The majority of my nursing career has been in Critical Care.
I also studied and taught Counselling skills at the University for several years. In 2004 a new role was created to care for adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) as a Specialist nurse, this combined my interest in person-centred care and cardiac nursing. I was fortunate to get this job and helped to start the service for ACHD in Southampton, which has developed and changed dramatically over the last 18 years.
We now have a team of 5 nurses who all have a passion to provide the best care we can by working together and putting our patient’s physical, emotional and psychological needs first, via our Adviceline or in person.
It is fascinating to observe how the medical and surgical management has advanced and continues to develop. It is a great pleasure to support new patient’s to the service, whilst also still caring for some of the patients I nursed in Intensive care in the 80’s and 90’s and see how their lives have developed.