with an outstanding trust
Sister, Intestinal Failure Unit
"When I turned 30, I decided I wanted a job that would give me more satisfaction. So I trained to become a nurse and qualified in 2009. I’m now a Ward Sister in the Intestinal Failure Unit (IFU), looking after patients who need very specialised care.
"Over the years, I’ve been a nurse mentor, helping student nurses achieve their nursing competencies. I’ve presented at conferences about the role of an IFU nurse and I’ve cared for patients with complex stoma care and wound management needs.
"Patient safety is our top priority, and today we’re proud to have the lowest infection rate for line care in the world. And it’s not just on our own ward that we get to make a difference. We also treat patients staying on other wards around the hospital, so educating colleagues on this complex condition is part of the challenge too."
Cathy Cawley, Sister, Intestinal Failure Unit