Meet Sue Lansley who returned to practice as a nurse during the pandemic

Date: 10 August 2020

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Sue was taking a break from nursing and not planning to return when she answered a national call to help with the pandemic.

How did you come to join BEH?

I answered a call for action from the Nursing and Midwifery Council when the pandemic took hold back in March. I had worked in Chase Farm Hospital before and felt I really wanted to help my ex-colleagues during the pandemic, as well as look after patients who needed care and compassion in the worst time of their lives.

There was never any question about returning to help as the NHS gave me a fantastic education and I love the NHS so much.

I was a registered nurse on a break, not thinking I would ever return to nursing! I was working as a bus driver on the 34 from Barnet to Walthamstow and I like to think I was a good driver! When I first volunteered to help during the pandemic, I was placed in a Pandemic Multiagency Response Team going to care homes and hospices where people have died from Coronavirus. Each team includes health services staff to confirm death, which was my role, police officers to investigate the death, and fire service staff who do the driving.

I worked in this team five nights a week then, when we were over the peak of COVID-19, this wound down. I felt that, although we were over the worst, that there was more I could offer. So I applied to the Magnolia unit which provides rehabilitation services at St Michael's Primary Care Centre in Enfield.

I joined BEH at the end of April and have a six month contract so I will be leaving in September to pastures new but I expect I will be helping the COVID-19 effort in the winter.

How did you feel before starting the role?

I felt it was my calling and I wasn’t scared given I’d already been working in a pandemic team. But after almost three years out of nursing, I did wonder if they will want me, do I know anything about nursing anymore? I have been so well supported I needn’t have worried. My managers Dumsile, the Ward Manager, and Gina, the Nurse Consultant, are fantastic and made me feel very welcome and the whole team have been wonderful to me! 

What has your experience of the role been like?

I have loved every moment of every day. I have had the privilege to look after people who need me which makes me so happy. The team are really wonderful people who give 100% to the care of their patients.

I have gained confidence in my ability to be an autonomous professional nurse. I am now doing the accelerated preceptorship programme.

I’m believe I’m a competent, compassionate nurse and patient-centred care is at the heart of everything I do. I feel I’m back where I belong – in the NHS helping others.

  • Summary:

    Sue was taking a break from nursing and not planning to return when she answered a national call to help with the pandemic.

    Now working in BEH she says: “There was never any question about returning to help as I love the NHS so much. I have been supported by really wonderful people who give 100% to the care of their patients.”