A day in the life: CCU nursing

Our team of critical care nurses are highly trained to help care for some of our most unwell patients.

Hannah Tutcher, Senior Staff Nurse, Critical Care Unit

Cancer nursing at The Royal Marsden can offer a variety of opportunities for staff with different levels of experience. I have been working in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) since I qualified and joined the hospital as a band 5 nurse three years ago.

I loved cancer nursing all through my training, but also really enjoyed acute nursing in A&E. Working in the CCU was a perfect choice for me as it involved both areas of interest.

To be a good CCU nurse, I think you need a lot of compassion to be able to deal with very poorly patients and their families, alongside assertiveness to have the confidence to make quick decisions. No day is ever the same, and it is incredible to be able to work so closely with patients.

The Royal Marsden’s CCU has 16 beds, which makes it one of the largest in Europe.

Our patients are often admitted following major surgery or for the management of underlying health conditions, cancer or cancer-related treatment. The CCU is the umbrella term for two types of patients: the intensive care patients who require one-to-one care, and high-dependency patients who are less at risk need two-to-one care.

I feel very fortunate to work at The Royal Marsden as it offers good career progression and excellent leadership by some of our nursing managers. 

I feel very fortunate to work at The Royal Marsden as it offers good career progression and excellent leadership by some of our nursing managers

Hannah Tutcher, Senior Staff Nurse, Critical Care Unit