Ward Sister Charlene Hughes
I started working on Ward 15 in 2008 as a second year student nurse. I loved the Ward environment and team, I decided to join the nursing bank as a HCA and picked up regular bank shifts caring for stroke, care of the elderly and dermatology patients.
In 2010 I passed my nursing qualification and was lucky to be offered my first choice as a Band 5 RN working on the Stroke Unit with a supportive team who encouraged me to take on the challenge to complete my preceptorship. As a newly qualified nurse I received so much support from the Staff Nurses, Sisters and Ward Manager.
In 2014/2015 I felt I needed to gain more experience in acute conditions. I worked in ITU / HDU for 18 months which enabled me to gain more knowledge and experience. I worked with some amazing people during my time there but realised that the Acute Stroke Unit was the area which interested me. I made the move back to Stroke in 2016, securing a position as a Sister in 2017.
Over the years I have had so much support from SaTH particularly the staff on the Ward. At times there are difficult pressures however the team helps, encourages and supports each member of staff. The Stroke Ward is like one big family coming together.