12 November 2015
Nurse Bharathi Sai, who works in endoscopy at the Royal Free Hospital says the unit is a wonderful learning environment for new staff.
Bharathi, who has worked at the Royal Free Hospital for nearly four years, says new nurses are given lots of support to help them feel confident and part of the team.
“It’s such a good place to learn because new staff are given a mentor who is there to help them adjust to the work,” said Bharathi. “We are a really great team and we support everyone working here. I love my job and really enjoy coming to work in the morning.
“Because we offer so many different procedures, staff here get a very broad range of training – we do procedures which lots of other hospitals don’t do. In addition, we are doing trials in new procedures so you will be at the cutting edge of healthcare.”
Bharathi started her career as a healthcare assistant and then qualified as a nurse in 2005. She previously worked in theatres and day surgery at a different hospital but moved to endoscopy at the Royal Free Hospital to experience something new. She is now in charge of co-ordinating the nursing in the unit and she also assists with procedures when necessary. The unit at the Royal Free Hospital sees 30 to 40 patients a day, plus additional emergency patients.
Bharathi added: “I like endoscopy because it’s so interesting to learn what’s going on inside us. I sometimes do on-call duties, but I don’t mind coming in in an emergency because I feel so proud when I have helped save someone’s life.”
Image: Bharathi Sai, endoscopy nurse
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