International Nurses Day 2020 - Meet Carol

12 May 2020

Meet Carol, a nurse on our care team

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

I’ve been a qualified nurse for almost 24 years. I trained at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and went on to work in the children’s cancer unit there. I then moved to Leicester and became a Macmillan clinical nurse specialist for teenagers and young adults, and set up a support service for this age group from diagnosis.

From here, I moved to Leeds and continued my role as a Macmillan clinical nurse specialist, which took me all across Yorkshire. Following this, I worked as a nurse on the children’s wards at Leeds General Infirmary, at York Hospital and also as a school nurse, going out into the community and giving IV medications at home and school to prevent children from needing to go into hospital. It was while I worked as a Macmillan nurse that I learnt of Martin House as I was referring young adults to the hospice. Latterly, before joining Martin House, I worked for the Teenage Cancer Trust, delivering an education awareness programme into schools.

What motivated you to go into a nursing career?

Some people say they always knew they wanted to be a nurse, but as a child, I wanted to be an astronaut! As I grew up, I began to realise that I wanted to work with children and it was my careers adviser at school who suggested nursing as she thought I was a caring person.

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

I love working with children and their families, and I feel it’s a real privilege to be a part of their journey. At Martin House, it feels like that’s even more special as I get to work alongside a brilliant team.

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

Being a nurse at Martin House is different in the sense that it’s very much a delivery of holistic care. There are many specialities and skills across the team and we work with children with a variety of conditions and needs. It’s also very family focused, as you are giving one-to-one, total care to a child, but also caring for their whole family.

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

Nursing is hard work, but it’s the best job in the world!