Nurse (Specialist)

What do you do for a living?

Specialist nurse

How did you get interested in what you do?

Nursing was something I always wanted to do but the type of nursing I do now was not an area I was familiar with then. Unfortunately I was not given any advice but was supported in my decision by my family.

What was your journey to reach the role you are in today?

At the time when I started nursing it was not a degree course as it is now. I needed o grades and highers in English and a number of health sciences. I gained general experience in different areas as well as working as a ward sister before deciding to become a specialist in my chosen field.  I did post basic education in my field and then a Masters degree.

Talk us through a day in your life.

The area I work in is neurology and it is very diverse. I see patients who have been diagnosed with neurological illnesses throughout the disease trajectory  so I may see a young person who is newly diagnosed or an older person who has had a condition for many years. I may see someone with little or no disability or very secretly disabled. I see people in my outpatient clinic in their home and help them manage their their illness. I also provide education to other health and social care professionals about neurological illness.

Was this your planned career when you were 18?

Although I wanted to be a nurse this was not how I thought I would be working. It is very different to how the traditional role of a nurse is perceived and in this current health climate it is how nursing of the future may look.

What did your parents want you to do?

Whatever I wanted to do and what would make me happy.

What advice would you give to someone interested in your career?

Do not specialise too early. Gain different life experiences as well as in the area or profession you want to work.

What other career directions could you go in?

Education - nurse