I'm Kelsie and I'm a registered adult nurse working in the community as a diabetes nurse specialist.
I started my career as a newly qualified staff nurse in a busy district nursing team. I was really lucky, as a nursing student, that I had 3 community placements that really showed me the complex and varied role of a community nurse.
Deciding to be a nurse was quite daunting, as no one in my family is in the profession. It felt like a huge jump, but I've never regretted it and I've enjoyed every moment. I think nursing is a perfect job for me, because I'm caring, I love working with people, and I've really enjoyed learning all the new skills.
A typical day for me in the community is varied and challenging, like most nursing careers. We're currently working from home when we're not out visiting patients, or attending meetings as a team at the hospitals. Driving across Edinburgh every day is amazing, and I'll never get tired of those views.
I support people to manage their diabetes at home. Our caseload is diverse and we support people from the age of 16 and older. We're always finding out new ways to help people manage their condition safely, at home, in a way that works best for them. We spend most of our day providing patient education, reviewing blood glucose levels, reviewing blood results, titrating insulin, and reviewing other oral diabetes medications. We support carers and nurses who support patients living with diabetes, and we're often delivering education sessions to them.
I've recently just completed my clinical decision making module in preparation for becoming a nurse prescriber.
I think the most important skills to be a nurse are compassion and self-awareness. We have to be compassionate in all aspects of our career, with patients, with their families, and working through Covid19 has shown us that we should be compassionate with our colleagues. I think all nurses should have a great level of self-awareness. We're human too and we need to look after ourselves. I think it's important that we have a good awareness of how we're performing that day, or how we delivered that skill. Being able to be self-aware and take good feedback makes us great leaders and colleagues.
I am proud to be a nurse, because I know that I make a difference to people's lives each day, big or small. It's really rewarding to know you're making an impact. If you're thinking of becoming a nurse and you're caring, a great communicator, you want to make a difference and you have good leadership skills, to apply. The student nurse journey is a challenge, but it's so rewarding and you meet some great people, and get some amazing experiences along the way.