Clinical Nurse Consultant for Rehabilitation, General Rehab Unit
Prince of Wales Hospital
“I started nursing at the age of 18, straight from school and I’m heading towards 30 years this year. It’s a lovely thing to do, helping people. I love what I do.
I had a push bike accident about 16 or 17 years ago, resulting in a spinal injury. I have reasonable insight into what patients go through, but I try not to say ‘I know how you feel’ because it’s not the same. Their experience is always different.
Patients’ lives are pretty much upside down when they get here, so it’s about putting them back together again, both physically and mentally. Often people will see me as a true living example of being able to get on with life.
For the staff here we have a mindfulness wellbeing program based around a self-care approach. I was running a workshop recently and at the end of the day we had a mindfulness chocolate eating experience. You have to look at it, experience the whole thing of unwrapping it, smelling it and tasting it. One of the nurses couldn’t contain herself, she laughed so much she was rolling around on the floor. That made us all cry with laughter.”