Helena Oliveira talks about being an Outpatients Nurse at Spire Bushey Hospital.
My skills are always increasing and kept up to date
"I have worked as a General Nurse in the Outpatients Department at Spire Bushey Hospital for 6 months. After I qualified as a Nurse in Portugal I came to the UK and worked in a nursing home for 4 months. I then applied for this position through the Spire website, and I was thrilled to be offered the job!
My role involves managing clinics, looking after patient’s dressings and helping a variety of different consultants by examining patients and providing assistance with procedures including minor operations. I also manage a treatment room where I look after patients dressings and make sure their wound is healing properly. Sometimes I also assist with colposcopy procedures and assist ophthalmic surgeons as well.
The most rewarding part of my job is that it is very varied. I need to know a little bit about everything. Our manager tries to develop our skills, and if we show an interest in something she will get someone experienced to teach us how to do it. I have also received training on things such as removal of plasters for example that I was never taught at university, so my skills are always increasing and kept up to date. My manager is always available for me to talk to about any concerns or questions, she is always able to help. It's very varied so one day I could be doing the clinical diary and another day gynaecology.
I get on really well with the rest of the team. We manage to get everything done without being stressed or under pressure because we always help each other and work as a team."