Closer Look: Colorectal Clinical Nurse Specialist
01 November 2018
Each month we interview a different member of staff or volunteer at Southend University Hospital and gain a closer look at how they help deliver patient care at the Trust.
This month we meet Lydia Ndlovu, Colorectal Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Tell us about yourself?
l am one of the two colorectal nurses here at the hospital and
have been in this role just over a year. Prior to this l was a
deputy ward manager at the medicine directorate Windsor ward.
l worked on Hockley Ward for many years and was lucky enough to
cover the Enhanced Recovery nurse role. I also completed my nursing
placements here at Southend while training at Anglia Ruskin
What does your job involve?
My role as a colorectal nurse specialist involves supporting
patients and their friends and relatives from diagnosis and
throughout their cancer journey. Understandably, a diagnosis of
cancer can cause anxiety and fear. I assist in the co-ordination of
the multidisciplinary meetings and ensure that treatment plans are
formulated and communicated to those involved.
l run nurse led clinics twice weekly to facilitate continuity of
care, symptom management, surveillance of the disease and
psychological support to those who may have had curative surgery or
indeed symptom management.
What are the best bits about your job?
Providing comfort and security at times when patients and
families are vulnerable is a reward that many people never
experience. Playing an integral role in improving a patient's
health and then receiving genuine gratitude from that patient is
often the greatest gift.
What work achievements are you most proud
I have recently completed and passed the Clinical Assessment
Skills course required for my role. l am working towards my Masters
in Nursing, again with ARU. This has enabled me to improve the way
l look after complex patients.
My new role gives me the opportunity for lifelong learning. I am
proud to be working in a dynamic team that crosses the traditional
boundaries of medicine, surgery and oncology. This allows the
patients to receive the best possible seamless care.