Nursing Support Workers’ Day
Nursing Support Workers’ Day is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of our colleagues by shining a spotlight on the variety of critical roles they play and sharing their stories.
Learn more about just one nursing support worker role, from Sarah Turner, Senior Support Worker.
Talking about starting to work at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire as a Nursing Support Worker at the age of 18, she said “I followed my family’s path into mental health work; everything discussed at home was mental health related, so I became interested from an early age.”
Offered the opportunity to train as a Mental Health Nurse, Sarah decided to stay as a Nursing Support Worker, as she valued having time to spend with her patients. Sarah stayed here for 12 years and then decided to broaden her horizons by moving into work with drug and alcohol offenders before diverting to mental health nursing in children’s homes. This insight into the development of mental illness led Sarah back into adult mental health, joining the Patient Intensive Care Unit or PICU as a Band 2 Nursing Support Worker. Wishing to advance further, Sarah attended further intensive training and is now herself a qualified instructor for teaching safety standards for all new starts at Solent.
Talking about her care for one extremely ill patient, Sarah said “you are a vital part of an incredible team as a Nursing Support Worker, and in this case I was able to give the time needed to the patient to help him begin his recovery journey, which was extremely challenging. He recovered and wrote to thank me and that has stayed with me; that is the difference we make for people.”
Come and learn more about this rewarding career and the career progression available.
- Tuesday 22 November at Royal South Hants - 13:00-15:30
- Wednesday 23 November at Western Community Hospital - 12:30 -15:30
- Thursday 24 November at St. James (The Orchards) - 13:00-15:30