Zoë Bullock , 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 completing the specialised rotation programme offered at The Royal Marsden.
Through completing the programme I increased my love for oncology nursing, and I wanted to remain in an acute setting after previously working in a busy cardiothoracic setting. I loved how CCU allowed me to combine the two areas of interest.
I feel that to be a good CCU nurse you need compassion to deal with very unwell patients and their families, especially as some patients may have treatments for a number of years. You also need assertiveness to have the confidence to make quick decisions as a patient's condition can change quickly. You're always really supported by all members of staff, with no day being the same. It is incredible to be in this environment caring for these patients.
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.
The Royal Marsden’s CCU has 16 beds which is one of the largest Specialised Cancer CCU in Europe and the only one in London rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC. Many of our patients are often admitted following major surgery or for the management of their underlying health conditions, cancer or cancer related treatment. CCU is an umbrella term for two types of patients: the intensive care patients who require one to one care and multi organ support and high dependency patients who are at less risk and require two to one ratio care.
I feel very fortunate to work at The Royal Marsden - an 'Outstanding' hospital. It offers brilliant career progression and excellent leadership by our nursing managers. I truly love where I work!