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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 University (ARU).

 

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 of?

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.

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