A call has gone out for more Band 6 Nurses to join Walsall Manor Hospital’s busy Acute Medical Unit (AMU) which has moved into a new £40m Urgent and Emergency Care Centre.
And Caroline Walsh, AMU Sister, is keen to encourage new recruits to join the “friendly team that’s just like a family.”
She will have worked at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust for three years this summer – on AMU throughout – and enjoys the fast pace and ever-changing nature of the unit.
“I describe AMU as an assessment area where acutely unwell patients come to us from the Emergency Department to be seen by the teams that can carry out the investigations they need to work out what’s wrong with them. We can then get them to where they need to be to best be cared for,” she said.
“As a band 6 Nurse I regularly take on the role of flow nurse and that can be challenging as you work to allocate beds across male and female patients, sometimes in difficult circumstances if the hospital is particularly busy. Dealing with ED, our operations centre and being mindful of other factors such as Infection Control is like fitting together a jigsaw puzzle. But we are here for each other on AMU. It’s a friendly team that’s just like a family. We help each other out.
“I can’t say it isn’t stressful sometimes because that’s to be expected on such a busy unit where we see the range of health conditions that we see. We’re here for each other though and are looking forward to our brand-new home which has definitely been designed with patient experience as the priority.
“Any new Band 6 Nurses who join us will be welcomed into the family too!”
In her spare time Caroline, 45, a mother-of-four enjoys playing netball, spending time with her family and going on camping trips.
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