Leader Laura lands dream job

Children's outpatient department sister, Laura Kirk is looking forward to her new dream role as a Paediatric Advanced Clinical Practitioner after a whirlwind spell as a sister on the department. Here she looks back over the past few months.

“At the end of February, I was thrilled to undertake a new challenge as the sister in the Children’s outpatient department - a great opportunity for me to learn new skills. Little did I know that only a month later I would be facing trials that only a worldwide pandemic can offer!

“Reorganising a department which I was only just getting the hang of running was definitely a challenge. I’ve had to be flexible and adaptable, positive, find new ways of working, and be encouraging. Together we’ve had conversations about change, the unknown and dealing with anxieties. With a lot of trial and error, flexibility and determination the Children’s outpatient team have continued to see children throughout the Covid-19 pandemic making children and their families feel safe and to make them smile despite masks and PPE and I am very proud of their positive attitudes.

I have had fantastic support from my manager, Katie, and matron, Julie. They’ve had complete faith in me and have been confident in my abilities when I haven’t been. This encouragement enabled me to apply for my dream job, to train to be a Paediatric Advanced Clinical Practitioner. I had one of the strangest interviews I’ve ever had, on Teams, in my kitchen!

I’ve learnt a lot about myself during the last six months. I can be a leader; I can adapt, be flexible and keep on smiling (behind my mask). I’m going to be starting my new role in September, just as ‘winter’ on the children’s ward begins. I’m nervous but excited and ready for the next challenge. If I can make it through a pandemic, bring on anything else!”