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Penny Shipley
Junior Sister, Ward L5, Vascular Surgery

I take care of the day-to-day running of the ward, from administration, paperwork and medications, to giving advice and support to patients and their families. It’s a very demanding but equally rewarding job that comes with a lot of satisfaction. Vascular care is complex so it’s interesting, and challenging at the same time. Each member of our team is extremely dedicated to the role.

We get a variety of patients here, and some are in for quite a long stay because of their particular condition. I try and spend as much time as possible with each of my patients and get to know them as individuals. After all, the paperwork is essential, but what patients want and need is someone who cares. They trust us. Not only that, getting to know patients means that I have learnt to spot when things aren’t quite right, even if they don’t mention it themselves.

All of the training and support is here, too. I’ve just finished a Trust-supported degree in nursing. The mentorship pathway is popular, as it allows our team to help train new nurses later on. Acute care courses are available, too, like immediate life support, which all of our team take part in.

Research into vascular care is strong, and Addenbrooke’s is one of the few places making an extra special effort to treat major conditions like abdominal aortic aneurysm. So, if you’re looking for innovation and a host of exciting challenges, then this could be the place for you.

It’s a big commitment and you really do have to want it. It’s demanding, but the rewards for those who want them are fantastic. You’ll get to meet and care for a wide variety of people and you’ll be making a real difference to their lives.