Afterwards she worked in gynaecology and midwifery (having qualified as a midwife) and also spent time in a hospital in Sydney, Australia.
She has since had a variety of roles, including as a nurse/adviser for pressure sore care, providing equipment to hospitals and nursing homes – which is how she was first introduced to our Canford homes.
In total, Kate has worked for us for over 12 years. Day to day, she oversees a unit, running shifts, supporting staff where necessary and working with a multi-disciplinary team of dieticians, continence specialists, tissue viability nurses and safeguarding teams. She also gives medication – she has an advanced understanding of medication and their interactions – and also dresses and heals different types of sores.
“Looking outside the box is vital for any nurse,” she says. “I couldn’t imagine doing anything outside care. If I can make residents’ experience better – more pain free and comfortable – then I have achieved something. And when I get even a small smile, I know that I’ve done the right thing. It really is worth it!”
Outside work Kate and husband Phil, a police officer, are busy parents to Jack (15), Bella (13) and nine-year-old Ruby. Kate runs a photography business, doing family portraits, weddings and other special occasions, and is also in training for the Brighton Marathon. She started running a year ago to support her brother who had cancer and now has two half marathons under her belt.
Nurses adopt a ‘hands on’ approach to all situations and oversee, supervise and prescribe the highest possible standards of physical and psychological nursing care when on shift. They run the staff as part of an effective nursing care team, while implementing national care standards related to the home’s philosophy of care, CQC standards and appropriate legislation.
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