Why did you become a nurse?
I’ve always wanted to be a nurse every since I can remember. When I was a little girl, it was always wanting to be a nurse, a dancer or an actress. My mother was a nurse, so that’s what I chose.
How did you become a nurse?
I trained at Cardiff University in 2001. I was there for three years, and then I went on to get a job at a hospital in Newport. I did the tour of medicine, so I saw a lot of different specialities. Rather than being focused in one area, I got experience of all aspects of medicine, which really helped me to develop as a nurse. I remained in respiratory for another four years, and then I became a lung cancer clinical nurse specialist in 2011, and I’ve been doing that ever since. Recently, I have taken on the mesothelioma specialist role, in addition to my lung cancer role. I am also in the process of completing my advance practice masters course.
What do your current roles involve?
A lot of my work is with outpatients. We support any patients with lung cancer or mesothelioma, from the point of suspicion, all the way through investigations, treatments, and to palliative care to cure, which unfortunately doesn’t happen as often as we’d like with lung cancer.