Deputy Ward Sister @ Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
Jenny is a Deputy Ward Sister in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, we've been talking to Jenny about her job.
Hi Jenny, Can you tell us how about your job and what you do from day to day
I am a Deputy Ward Sister (Band 6) in the Paediatric Emergency Department. I coordinate the ED team and act as senior nurse to ensure that we provide high quality patient care within a rapidly-changing environment.
What experience/education is required in order to preform this role?
Essential qualifications are the Registered Sick Children’s Nursing qualification, Advanced Paediatric Life Support and Immediate Paediatric Life Support training and Hospital Major Incident training. A sound basis of clinical skills, gained over a minimum of 5 years and excellent facilitation skills are also need to perform effectively in this role.
What is the biggest challenge in your role?
The volume of patients in our department at any one time can be overwhelming, particularly in what is quite a small department. Ensuring that each of these children is cared for effectively and in a timely manner is very important.
What advice would you give to others looking for a job in your field?
The Paediatric Emergency Team is a great team to be part of and we get to care for children from newborn through to 14 years and with a wide variety of conditions.
What do you like best about your role and working in HSC?
I love this job! It has a good mix of managerial and clinical roles. I love the fact that I can make a difference to children and families. We have an amazing team, which was awarded second place in the Trust’s Chairman’s Awards . I was privileged to be able to give a poster presentation at the Trust’s Nursing Celebration event earlier this year. I think events like this run by our Trust show that our contribution is valued.