Catherine Laing, RGN, Town Thorns
My average day starts with a handover from the night staff first thing in the morning to make sure I'm aware of any changes or issues with the residents. I then go through the diary and review the day ahead, allocating our carers into pairs and assigning tasks. This is followed by the drug round which can take up to two hours, as well as booking doctors appointments, changing dressings and administering controlled drugs.
On the nursing wing we receive regular calls from relatives and so build up a relationship with each of them. I enjoy developing these relationships, not just with relatives, but with the residents themselves and my fellow colleagues.
There's a good sense of team work here at Town Thorns, we're very close-knit. In our line of work, communication skills and support from others is essential. Our residents are usually with us for some time, so you get to know them very well. It can be difficult to see them getting poorly and deal with this, but you learn to expect it as part of the job.
Town Thorns is a lovely place to work at and the environment is fantastic. I would tell anyone thinking of applying for a position here to go for it!