Hello, my name is Liz and I’m a senior staff nurse specialising in anaesthetics and recovery care.
How did you end up working at Airedale?
I gave up nursing after my eldest son was born 14 weeks premature and I needed to dedicate my time to him. When he was four, and six weeks after having my second son, we moved from London to Yorkshire.
When my youngest was four months old, I started the Return to Practice course at Bradford University. For my practical placement I worked on the Surgical Day Ward. This was a great experience which included time spent in theatres.
So when a job was advertised for an anaesthetic nurse at Airedale, I applied straightaway and was pleased when I got an interview. I was even more thrilled when I got the job!
Moving to a smaller hospital and working in theatres was a very new experience for me after being a ward nurse in a very busy London teaching hospital. I have no regrets and would never go back.
Airedale is situated in a beautiful area – not many hospitals are surrounded by fields! The views when driving to and from work are amazing, and I never get bored of them. (It certainly beats travelling to work on the London Underground every day, like I used to…)
How long have you been working here?
I started working at Airedale, in theatres, on 3 March 2003 as an anaesthetic nurse. This meant six months in-house training and then a degree module at Edgehill University. Fifteen years later, I am still here doing the same job, which I enjoy.
What sort of things do you have to do as part of your job?
The job involves working alongside the anaesthetist, assisting them with the anaesthetising and care of patients, ensuring all anaesthetic equipment is checked, available and in good working order. Also, as part of the crash and trauma team, my job involves attending these calls and dealing with many different scenarios. Transferring patients to different hospital is also part of my role when the need arises.
I enjoy my job as every day is different, although some days can be very challenging! I work with a great bunch of people and Airedale is a friendly place to be part of.
What do you do outside of work?
Time outside of work is very precious. My youngest son has disabilities, so he takes up a lot of my time. I do enjoy walking, swimming and cycling when I can, but most of all I enjoy spending time with my family.