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Newly qualified Neptune nurse finds her role ‘110% rewarding’

12 May 2017

Health Care

Opening the first chapter in her nursing career is Victoria Page, 22, from Southend, who qualified as a paediatric nurse last September.

The paediatric nurse, who trained at Queens Hospital in Romford and King George's in Ilford and studied for her degree at London South Bank University, wanted to become a children's nurse due to an earlier positive family experience.

Victoria said: "When my little cousin was born he was really ill and in intensive care  I saw the nurses there and how they supported my aunt and uncle and nursed my cousin back to health. That's why I wanted to do it."

Victoria was certainly no stranger to Southend Hospital though as she had her tonsils removed there as a child and she said that she even liked hospitals then.

Now looking after children on the Neptune children's ward at the hospital, Victoria's day on a ward caring for patients aged 0-16 can include giving medications orally or intravenously, making observations to putting in naso gastric tubes or even changing nappies.

What would be a simple task with an adult patient, such as taking blood pressure, could take half an hour with a child, and that is why nurses like Victoria train to be specialised in the field of paediatrics. It is similar to adult nursing but very different when it comes to child anatomy or the way you administer care, such as giving a child an injection.

Victoria said: "Children don't always understand and can panic in the hospital setting; we help put them at ease.  We provide every much family centred care so obviously work very closely with parents to help them as well. It is all about joint team work and we try and involve them in every aspect of care.

"It's really nice that there is often a quick turnaround in patients so that if you are working several days you can see children arrive poorly and leave better and with a smile on their face. It's really rewarding."

And it is very clear that reward of a wave and a smile is of great importance to Victoria, who despite only qualifying eight months ago, oozes confidence and assurance.

She concluded: "I'm very passionate about what I do, I find it 110% rewarding, I can honestly say that I love coming in and doing what I do.

"As a newly qualified nurse I've been really well supported by both managers and colleagues, I couldn't have asked for any more help, they are a really friendly ward and I'd recommend it to anyone that would want to come after qualifying, even if you didn't train here. I feel like part of a family."