A&E nurse Danielle Jamieson is achieving her dreams following the support of the Trust to enhance her career prospects.
Danielle started working for the Trust in 2015 following the completion of an adult nursing degree at Teesside University.
Since then she has gone from strength-to-strength, seizing on all development opportunities the Trust has offered.
Danielle said: “In A&E we are on the frontline. And the team is exposed to a wide range of situations, both good and bad.
“We see all kinds of patients on their care journey and my role is to put them at ease, understand their needs and get them the care they need.
“I love that no two days are the same. I’m spread across the floor dealing with loads of different cases from minor injuries to resuscitation.”
Danielle always knew that she would become a nurse. From the moment she broke her arm at ten years old she felt it was her calling to help others.
My North Tees journey: Danielle Jamieson
I’m Danielle Jamieson, I’m a staff nurse in A&E at North Tees.
I guess I always thought I would be a nurse. I used to dress up as a nurse when I was younger.
My auntie was a staff nurse at Hartlepool on ward 11 and then became a manager on ward 25 over here.
I’ve broken my arm and I remember the nurses being so kind, put me at ease, thinking I could do this and I thought I would like to be that nurse that put somebody else at ease.
I always wanted to be in A&E. We’re on the frontline when a patient comes in quite often with heightened emotions. They’re scared, they’re worried
It isn’t just about looking after them and settling them down and realising what they need to do in order to get themselves better.
I like that no two days are the same.
I like that you get patients from minor kind of illnesses to kind of cardiac arrests and resus, like that.
I’m spread across the floor, doing something different all of the time.
This uniform makes me do things.
I’m the softest person ever. I put this uniform on and I can just do it.
I think doing shift work is pretty easy being a mam because you only have to work two shifts and gives me five days off with the boys to be able to be a mam.
It’s like something to be proud of and for them to be proud of me and to be able to say when the world was completely crazy, mam was there.
Following her auntie’s example, she qualified as a nurse in 2012 and achieved her dream of working in A&E.
“My uniform is my armour; with this on I can handle anything that comes my way when I’m on shift.”
“The focus is always on the patients and it isn’t just about getting them better physically. It’s also mentally as well, sometimes that little conversation can go a long way in their treatment.”
As well as treating others, Danielle is also a mother to two boys Jacob, four, and Joseph, two.
“My boys are so proud of me. My eldest tells all of his teachers that his mummy is a nurse and I love the fact that I am making them proud every time I step onto the ward.”
Danielle’s journey to leadership
Now, Danielle has her sights set on climbing the career ladder, taking up numerous development opportunities.
She is currently part of the Trust’s 100 Leaders programme, working to develop green spaces around the hospital sites for staff and patients.
In her role as deputy pack leader, Danielle is expanding outside of her usual duties to work alongside fellow Trust colleagues and Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council to create these woodland areas.
She is also enrolled on the Mary Seacole leadership course and has plans to undertake a quality improvement course in 2023.
Danielle says: “I am so lucky to have had fantastic support from A&E management and the wider Trust. I’ve grabbed these opportunities with both hands.
“It all started with the 100 Leaders programme. Being part of this initiative has given me the confidence to aim high.
“I’m excited for what my future holds at North Tees and Hartlepool and to put my learning into practice for our patients.”