Sue Ryder: Investing in the nurses of the future
By Sarah Wood
Sue Ryder is passionate about investing in the learning and development of nurses of the future, helping them to develop specialist skills in palliative care and fulfil their potential, while helping to provide more care for more people.
Through on-site education, structured external learning opportunities and apprenticeship opportunities there's qualifications available at all levels to support staff's personal development, whatever their role and level.
Lydia qualified as a registered nurse in 2016 and has worked for Sue Ryder for five years. This is her story.
"I started at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice as a staff nurse and progressed into a senior staff nurse role two years later. At the start of 2021, I took up the nursing team leader role.
"Throughout, I have had a lot of support from my team and I've found how much I enjoy the leadership and teamwork aspect of nursing."
Last year, Lydia started working towards a Level 3 apprenticeship in team leader management from the Institute of Leadership and Management, through Sue Ryder.
"I started the apprenticeship in November 2020 and it's a year-long course. The course focuses on learning communication in management, different leadership styles, performance management and coaching. We're also learning about how to deliver change in the workplace.
"What I love most about doing an apprenticeship, is that I can apply what I am learning directly to my role to help me be the best manager and leader that I can be to support the team. I've really enjoyed the coaching and supporting aspects of the course too.
"It has been a really challenging time for everyone during the pandemic and one of the biggest takeaways for me from the apprenticeship is how vital good communication and good support are. It's helping me to continue to support the team through the pandemic and out to the other side.
"As a Sue Ryder nurse, you receive so much support. It's such a strong team and we have such a strong bond with each other. We are there for each other.
"Working at Sue Ryder is so much more than end of life care. We provide expert symptom management - helping people keep their symptoms under control so they can carry on living with their terminal illness.
"We help people better manage their nausea, their pain or their fatigue so they can carry on living and that is immensely rewarding."
For nurses looking to enter a new stage of their professional development, working at Sue Ryder gives them the time to care and the opportunity to learn and develop. Nurses are part of a multidisciplinary team working in one of the most rewarding areas of nursing.
Find out more about nursing opportunities at Sue Ryder here.
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