To mark International Nurses Day, we spoke to Lauren Gordon, a paediatric nurse at Bupa Cromwell Hospital. Here, she shares her experience of working as a nurse, what initially attracted her to a career in nursing and the advice she would give to those contemplating a similar career path.
What attracted you to nursing?
Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a nurse, specifically a children’s nurse. Working with young people is an amazing experience because they are so resilient – even when they are very unwell.
At school, science was one of my favourite subjects. I think that’s why I like the technical side of nursing so much.
I enjoy the medicinal side of nursing too. Nurses must think about patient care holistically. Considering their families, treatment preference and methods of delivery, so we can give patients the most likely positive outcome.
What do you enjoy about working at the Cromwell/Bupa
It’s a team effort at The Cromwell. Everyone comes together; including the porters, cleaners, doctors and nurses, to ensure everything continues to run smoothly.
The first thing that attracted me to work at Bupa Cromwell was the excellent standard of care they provide for patients. The Bupa Code really resonates with me – especially putting customers first.
Tell us about a day you’ll never forget.
There are many unforgettable days and experiences. However, the day that particularly stands out for me is when we opened our new Skyline Children's and Young Peoples Department. This was the first time I was involved with the operational and logistical side of opening a department and simultaneously closing another.
A huge amount of hard work made it a smooth transition between the two departments. Seeing the smiles on all the patients and doctors faces made it all worth it.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of my career progression at Bupa Cromwell. I started as a staff nurse, then progressed to a senior staff nurse and now I am a paediatric sister in outpatients.
It’s great to look back and see how far I’ve come.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in nursing?
Go for it! It’s challenging, rewarding and no two days are the same. You will constantly be learning and developing. I would advise anyone starting their career to look at the different nursing opportunities out there and explore what may best suit you.
It’s never too late to join the profession.