Name: Gillian Priday
Job title: Sister, Children’s nursing, Teenage Ward
Speciality: Teenage Haematology & Oncology
Organisation: The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
What is your current role?
I work as a Sister on the Teenage Haematology and Oncology ward at the Christie hospital in Manchester. I love my job as I get to support junior staff and help develop their skills, I love working with and alongside teenagers and their families and trying to be a light in a dark situation.
What was your route to this role?
After qualifying I worked in Paediatric Intensive Care after two years I worked on paediatric and young adult ward haematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant ward. From here I got my Sister's post at the Christie Hospital on the Teenage & Young Adult Haematology and Oncology Ward.
What prompted you to do this role?
I have always had an interest in haematology and oncology as a student nurse I had my final year management placement on a teenage cancer ward which I loved.
What education/courses/modules have you undertaken to equip you for the role?
I have completed my MSc in Teenage Oncology, I am passionate about research and turning evidence into action. From this research I have won first place in the country for the Royal College of Nursing research award.
How do you see yourself developing your skills?
I am on the CYP Specialist Care Forum Steering Committee, we provide a voice for our members and advocating for children and young people with specialist nursing care needs. I have learnt a lot in this role and had the opportunity to present at conferences, update national guidelines and policies.
What is your long-term career plan?
I would like to be a Teenage Cancer Nurse Specialist and support the teenagers and their families both in and out of hospital and help them to live their life to the full.
What advice would you give someone thinking about moving to work in your area of practice?
Attend conferences/RCN Congress to find more information about it and it also is a great opportunity to meet other Nurses who work in the area and talk to them about what it is like to work in the area.
What do you most enjoy about this area of care?
I love that I get to be there for the teenagers and their families from the moment they’re diagnosed, all the way through their cancer journey. It’s about using my experience and knowledge to help navigate people through that journey. I love my job because I know I can make a difference.