Emergency unit calls on nurses to join team – as part of new recruitment drive

“We make a real difference to the lives of so many different types of patients – all under the support of an incredible team.”

That is the view of nurses in an emergency unit in Teesside who are part of a new recruitment campaign.

The emergency assessment unit (EAU) at the University Hospital of North Tees is offering vacancies to registered nurses.

The unit cares for patients who need immediate review and who are expected to need further treatment on a medical ward.

Lisa Kelly, who has been ward matron for two years, said: “EAU is a fantastic unit to lead and to work in.

“It’s fast paced and no day is the ever the same.

“It’s not only a good grounding to start a nursing career but also place where our nurses are encouraged and supported to develop further and gain leaderships skills.

“Patients are at the very centre of everything we do and I am proud to work here.”

Nurse poster for recruitmentBethany Emers has been working on the unit since qualifying to be a nurse.

She said: “Caring for patients and working with the team in the unit has been a fantastic experience.

“The pace of the work is very fast and rewarding – we are treating different patients every day and making a real difference.”

Sarah Plews, who has also worked on the ward since qualifying six months ago, said: “The unit has made me the sort of nurse who is able to adapt quickly to different situations.

“It’s also been a place where I am learning so much every day about so many different aspects of nursing.”

Adam Breen is an emergency nurse practitioner on the unit – his first nursing role having made a career change from his previous work as a sales-man.

He said: “By the very nature of this being an assessment unit, every patient has a different need, no patient is ever the same.

“That makes the role so interesting and so rewarding.”

Julie Jenkins has worked on the unit for more than 20 years, having started as a healthcare assistant.

She said: “The team is incredibly supportive of every member. I have always felt able to ask them for help and they have certainly helped me develop and to grow as a healthcare professional.”

Karen Sheard, deputy chief nurse at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, has worked very closely with the unit ever since moving to the organisation.

She said: “I know first-hand what an incredible role each and every one of our nurses on this unit perform.

“The team is extremely together, supportive and does everything it can to always put patients first.

“My advice to any registered nurse either looking for that first role after qualifying or looking for a fresh challenge would be to try our emergency assessment unit.

“You will not only work in one of the most vibrant and fast paced areas of the hospital but you will get to work with staff from a range of professions across both the unit and the whole organisation.”

To apply for a nursing role at the Trust, visit here

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