Nursing is a calling for me, not a job. I have always been interested in working in oncology and I trained in a cancer hospital in France. When I arrived in the UK there was only one hospital I wanted to work at, The Royal Marsden. It was a challenge to work in English to begin with, but the team here is very kind and I had a lot of support when I joined so I soon got up to speed.
I joined The Royal Marsden as a Band 5 and I’ve progressed to become the Senior Staff Nurse in the Medical Day Unit (MDU). The MDU is a busy department. We see a lot of patients each day and while we are busy, we do have time to get to know our patients, and they get to know us. This makes it a much better experience for our patients, being in familiar surroundings and sharing stories with us. It’s nice and open here, so we can keep an eye on everybody, and patients can see everything that is going on and have a chat with each other.
From my first day, I felt the kindness of everyone. You can't even walk down a corridor without sharing a smile.
As Senior Staff Nurse, I am responsible for making sure that the department runs smoothly and efficiently. We begin each shift by making sure that everyone knows what to expect throughout the day, and that everyone has the information they need. I am here to support the team as well as the patients, and I deal with any unexpected changes as they crop up.
I think to be successful here, you must be a well-organised person. Being open to constructive criticism is helpful too, it allows us to be better each day, reflect and grow professionally. Teamwork isn’t a luxury here; it is a necessity. This department wouldn’t be able to provide the outstanding level of care that it does without strong teamwork.
From my first day, I felt the kindness of everyone. You can't even walk down a corridor without sharing a smile. For anyone with an interest in cancer services, I'd recommend coming to The Royal Marsden. It's a very friendly and rewarding place to work.