Meet our new chief nurse - Yvonne Blücher
06 November 2015
Having been nicknamed “matron” by her father at the age of nine it was a sure bet that Yvonne Blücher was heading for a caring career.
Our new chief nurse is still affectionately known by that
childhood nickname to her family: "They joke that I walk and talk
like a matron," Yvonne explains, "but I just have a passion for
doing the right thing.
"I like to work hard but I also like to have fun. I have high
expectations of myself and others. I like to keep things simple but
at the same time I encourage people not to just accept data but to
go and see for themselves."
Going to see for herself is something Yvonne, who has joined
Southend from Barts where she was deputy director of nursing for
quality and improvement, is committed to doing.
"My aim is, as a minimum, to be out and about in uniform at
least once a week.
I know that by engaging staff you get better outcomes for
patients so I want to get out and meet people and work
It was as a teenage basketball player that Yvonne first
considered the caring professions and explored working in rehab for
disabled sports people.
She was advised to do her nurse training first and began her
career at Basildon, before later specialising in cardiac care,
which took her north to Barnsley where she was instrumental in
setting up first aid centres in the pit mines with
Yvonne was later to work in the USA and New Zealand as well as
the Department of Health on the Essence of Care standards.
She spent ten years as a director of nursing at Princess
Alexander Hospital before joining Barts following the merger that
saw it become one of the biggest trusts in the country.
Yvonne, who lives in Ramsden Heath with her husband, two
daughters and a dog, is also fellow of the Institute of Health
Improvement and is committed to "do the right thing first time and
One of her first tasks as chief nurse at Southend will be to
assist in preparing for our forthcoming CQC inspection: "This is a
chance to shine and share as much as if it is an inspection,"
Yvonne explains, "it is about doing the right thing which I know a
lot of staff here are passionate about too."
In what precious free time she has Yvonne still manages to coach
a children's basketball team and enjoys walking.
She adds: "I am really excited to be here at Southend and am
trying to get to meet as many people as I can in these first few