‘Lights camera action’ for nurses and patients
Local nurses and patients have starred in a short film encouraging new recruits to join Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s community nursing team – with the county itself providing stunning location footage.
District Nurse Yvonne Sakala and Community Staff Nurse Sarah Dunk took part to demonstrate why working as a community nurse is such a rewarding, highly skilled profession.
Yvonne said: “I’m not used to being in front of the camera and my day job is ‘uniform and medical bag’ rather than ‘hair and makeup’, but I braved the nerves to show people behind the scenes of our very special role.”
Sarah added: “When you’re fresh out of training, working in a hospital is often seen as the obvious step, but there’s so much to discover about community nursing. I love it when people have a smile on their face when I turn up at their door.”
The real stars of the show, however, were patients Indeep and Elaine – who invited the cameras into their homes and explained the difference community nursing makes to their lives.
Indeep, who had a spinal cord injury and was treated and rehabbed at Stoke Mandeville Hospital’s National Spinal Injury Centre, said: “Community nurses like Yvonne and Sarah enable me to work and live an independent life. They keep me out of hospital which is the most important thing for me. They are the front line.”
The Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust community nursing team has bases all over the county – in Aylesbury, Amersham, Buckingham, Chalfont St Giles, High Wycombe, Marlow and Thame.