To mark International Nurses Day, we spoke to Arturo Ledesma, charge nurse at Bupa Cromwell Hospital. Here, he tells us about his role in the Neurosciences Department, why his colleagues are so important to him and how clinical excellence is always a priority.
What drew you to nursing?
Nurses are versatile. We can apply our skills and knowledge to any setting. A nurse’s knowledge is relevant anywhere in the world.
Each day brings new challenges and opportunity to grow and develop. You are always surrounded by people (patients, colleagues, doctors, physiotherapists and relatives) learning from each of their own experiences.
What do you enjoy about working at the Bupa Cromwell Hospital?
The people. The days can be long, so it’s great to be surrounded with colleagues that you know you can rely on. The Cromwell also offers a range of services, so having the chance to experience different aspects of the profession makes me a better nurse all round.
I’m proud that we play a vital role within the hospital, interacting with patients on a day-to-day basis. I perform tests, respond to emergencies and learn about different cultures, diseases and treatment all the time.
Which department do you work in?
I work in the Neurosciences Department. The deparment has 18 beds and we are committed to both nursing and customer service excellence. Each patient is viewed as an individual and should always experience the very best in healthcare, surrounded by a team of talented nursing and healthcare professionals.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
When I was promoted as a Charge Nurse in Neurosciences ward. These position gives me more autonomy and the ability to change the practice across the hospital. I really want to help other staff achieve their professional goals.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in nursing?
If you want a challenge and to save lives daily – this career is for you.