Date of release: 28 February 2020
As we continue celebrating the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, it’s time to introduce our second nurse, who is ready to talk us through her career and experience of nursing at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT).
Say hello to Deb Eaton, Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for the Enhanced Recovery Programme!
Deb worked in a variety of roles before nursing – from retail work at a greengrocer to working as a Nanny in Holland - but always felt that she wanted to look after people in a health care setting.
It was then, aged 21, where she began her training at Sheffield Teaching Hospital as a P2K (pilot) student nurse.
And in 2004, following her move to the Midlands and a good few years’ nursing experience, the mum-of-two joined RWT as a bank nurse; working in the recovery room where she assisted patients through the first stages after surgery.
It was here, on Cannock Chase Hospital’s Hilton Main ward, where Deb built up her knowledge and enthusiasm for elective orthopaedic care (hip and knee replacement surgery).
From here, she began to enhance patient experience through education sessions aimed at preparing the patients for surgery and reducing their anxieties.
She explained: “Enhanced recovery is an evidence based approach that helps people recover more quickly after having major surgery."
“By offering up lots of information beforehand, we can speed up the recovery time and ensure they feel well on both a physical and emotional level!”
Two years into her CNS role, the 53-year-old has increased the profile of the enhanced recovery programme and is seeing an increased appetite for her educational workshops.
“The sessions include lots of helpful guidance around optimising diet and fluid intake, while demonstrating early exercise routines and promoting early movement after surgery.
“Patients have commented on them as being really helpful, particularly around improving their confidence on what to do post-surgery and to where to find important resources such as chairs and dressing aids.”
When asked what she liked most about the role she replied: “I get to work with a whole range of people in a whole range of settings – from healthcare assistants to physiotherapists, from occupational therapists to pre- operative assessment staff. It’s great to work in a team with such a range of skills!”
“I also love seeing the patients through their journey,” she added. “I can offer reassurance and guidance so that they feel confident in what they are doing and how to progress.”
When asked if there was a stand-out moment for her in her career she replied: “At our last inspection by the Care Quality Commission, inspectors held an open meeting for the staff and the matron started talking about the enhanced recovery programme and the improvements I’d made.
“When she finished talking everyone started clapping and it felt wonderful to have my work recognised in such a way.
“I’ve definitely been supported in my role and encouraged to take my ideas forward to create positive changes.”
Deb was also proud to reveal that a recent survey saw 97% of patients recommending the care given by the team. A fantastic achievement!
Well done Deb, now keep your eyes peeled for our second midwife spotlight!