Nurses’ Day 2018: From tills to tutoring new nurses

PUBLISHED: 16:52 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:52 10 May 2018

Wayne Butler, ECCH Clinical Educator. Photo: East Coast Community Healthcare

Wayne Butler, ECCH Clinical Educator. Photo: East Coast Community Healthcare

East Coast Community Healthcare

Wayne Butler was keen to offer student nurses support and is now a clinical educator at East Coast Community Healthcare.

He said: “From leaving school I worked in retail for 10 years before deciding that I needed a change of direction, a career with more purpose and fulfilment.

“My wife suggested that I should follow in my mum’s footsteps and explore a career in nursing. The more I looked into nursing the more it appealed.

“I soon realised that nursing could offer me everything I was looking for - career development, variety and, above all, job satisfaction. I enrolled at Suffolk College and have never looked back. I can’t believe that was 14 years ago.

Wayne became a registered nurse in 2007 after studying at the University of Suffolk and a year later started working at the GP Unit at Northgate Hospital in Great Yarmouth.

“I was keen to become a mentor at the earliest possible opportunity as I felt that, as a relatively newly qualified staff nurse, I could offer student nurses support and guidance. With student life still relatively fresh in the memory, I could empathise with how challenging those three years were.”

Wayne moved through various positions in community nursing before he was offered his current role in 2016.

He said: “I have always been passionate about education and this seemed like a natural career choice, supporting students and educators across the organisation. It’s a role that I enjoy and it’s truly rewarding being able to work with, and help develop, the next generation of healthcare professionals.”

And the role becomes even more vital as the NHS is constantly changing. Wayne said: “I’ve been a registered nurse for 11 years and lots of longer serving colleagues have told me that the NHS has seen more changes in the last 10 years than at any point throughout their careers.

“The biggest changes I have seen have been to the way nursing care is delivered in the community. I worked in two community hospitals which closed as the focus moved to care delivery at home and out of hospitals teams were rolled out across the region.

He added: “Nursing gives you the opportunity to make a difference. It gives you variety and job satisfaction – and in my current role it’s being able to offer advice & guidance to tomorrow’s clinicians, which is a position that I am proud to be in.”

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