Nurses’ Day 2018: ‘I learn every day’

Cheryl Hale. Photo: East Coast Community Healthcare

Cheryl Hale. Photo: East Coast Community Healthcare - Credit: East Coast Community Healthcare

Cheryl Hale, a family nurse with East Coast Community Healthcare, wanted to be a midwife since having her own children.

She said: 'I first trained as a direct entry midwife and worked locally as a midwife for seven years. I then completed my health visitor training and when I qualified was lucky to be offered my current job as a family nurse with the family nurse partnership.

'I love my job. It's so rewarding when you feel that you have made a positive difference to someone's life. My current role is supporting hard to reach, teenage first-time parents, until their child is two years old. I feel privileged to be working with these parents and am amazed at the resilience and determination they demonstrate.'

She said managing a demanding caseload could be challenging but said she learned from the parents she supported every day.

'I would certainly encourage others to enter the profession,' she said.

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'Every job has its challenges, but within nursing and midwifery I think that the satisfaction you get when you can really do the job that you love beats every other job that I've ever had.'

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