International Nurses Day 2020 - Meet Alison

12 May 2020

Meet Alison, a nurse on our care team

How long have you been nursing and what roles have you had in your career?

I qualified as a children’s nurse just over 10 years ago. I worked as a staff nurse on the children’s ward (Ward 17) at York Hospital for 3½ years before moving to Martin House seven years ago.

I have always wanted to be a nurse since a young age (my parents have photos of me dressing up as a nurse when I was little) as I love the caring aspect of the role so couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I did, however, want to qualify as a nurse for children and the elderly as I love working with both!

What do you enjoy about your role as a nurse at Martin House?

I like the diversity of each day! I love the fact that at Martin House the child or young person is seen as a whole – we don’t just focus on the physical side of their condition but strive to meet and support the holistic needs of the child or young person in helping them to enjoy the best quality of life they can.

The skills, knowledge and experience that I have gained during my nursing career enables me to be trusted by those under my care and to safely deliver care to people in different situations - from a new-born baby with difficult symptoms to manage, to a child who has complex medical needs but who wants to experience ‘normal’ fun activities and to play, to a young adult who strives for independence and wants to just relax with peers. I enjoy allowing children, young people and families to make precious memories and to give them opportunities which they may not otherwise have access to.

How does being a nurse at Martin House differ to other nursing roles?

I love the time that we can give to children, young people and their families compared to the pressures of a ward. They really value this and it enables them to talk. It feels like we are being there for them, and working alongside them when they need us. The care that I provide is a lot more family-centred and focuses on the child or young person’s usual routine or requests rather than the constraints of a busy ward, which I really like. I also love the fact that we can go outside during a shift in the warm weather and walk around the wonderful garden rather than being inside all day!

What advice would you give to anyone looking to pursue a career in nursing?

To go for it, and to make the most of every opportunity to learn! It is a very challenging career but also extremely rewarding and a huge privilege.