Newly qualified Neptune nurse finds her role ‘110% rewarding’
12 May 2017
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
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."