Q & A with Lead Nurse, SuzettePosted about 2 months ago
Name: Suzette Hardie
Job Title: Lead Nurse
Speciality: Neurological disease, Spinal Injuries and End of Life care
What are your day-to-day responsibilities as a Lead Nurse at Allied Healthcare?
As a Lead Nurse I am responsible for my own workload and I have to prioritise the cases. I complete care assessments with new clients, train new care workers, and review the care our Clinical Care Assistants provide.
I first joined Allied Healthcare in 2009 and left to join another care company before re-joining Allied Healthcare in 2020.
My day isn’t as structured as my previous roles; I can work an early morning one day and then a late night the other day, so it gives me flexibility.
This role is a change from working in a traditional hospital environment. I am the person that is accountable and responsible, as there is only me as a Lead Nurse in my local area.
What attracted you to the role?
The level of autonomy that comes with the role attracted me to the job. I liked that I could manage my own caseload. From the experience I have, the role suits me well; I am passionate about upskilling new staff and it’s so rewarding when I carry out a care review and I see them flourishing in their new role.
What was your route to this role?
I was lucky enough to train at the London Royal Masonic Hospital. The course was very different to today’s qualification as it combined a mixture of private and NHS hospital training. A lot of prestigious Doctors & Nurses trained there including one of the first surgeons to perform IVF treatment, so I feel very privileged to have been able to attend.
I secured my first job at Brighton & Worthing Hospital where I worked as an RGN. I then joined a hospice as a nurse providing end of life care. The care I provided was mainly symptom management treatment for pain relief. We took a more holistic approach to the care provided unlike working on a hospital ward where you treat the problem.
I also worked for a private care provider, delivering nursing care to a range of different clients with different needs within the community. As part of this role, I trained and mentored nurses; this experience has helped me in my current role of training care workers.
What is your favourite part of your role?
I have always been interested and passionate in training others to provide a high standard of care. There’s no better feeling when I see the Care Workers or Nurses, I have trained deliver the care to the best of their ability and confidently.
How different is it working in the community to a hospital setting?
The care we provide is more person centred in their own surroundings; we take into consideration the client’s mental and social factors rather than just the symptoms of their condition. You also build a long-term relationship with the client and their families as you provide care on a long-term basis. There are some clients that we have delivered care to since they were toddlers, and they are now adults. When you provide that continuity of care throughout their whole life, you become part of their life.
What piece of advice would you give to newly- trained Care Workers or Nurses?
I would say although the job is very rewarding there are difficult and challenging times too. This role offers lots of opportunity as a nurse to learn and develop, while supporting people to live in their own homes with many different abilities and medical conditions.Back to the top