Nursing job a dream come true for former assistant

Nurse Sadie Ellis
Nurse Sadie Ellis
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Nearly 6,000 nurses work in Sheffield, caring for people in hospitals, clinics and in their own homes, writes Health Reporter Ben Spencer. This week, to celebrate International Nurses Week, The Star is profiling a different nurse each day as part of our series celebrating the unsung heroes of the NHS.

SADIE Ellis has always wanted to be a nurse.

The 41-year-old, from Arbourthorne, says: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but when I left school I didn’t have the right qualifications.”

However, rather than giving up on her dream, Sadie worked her way up the hard way.

“I started as a support assistant at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, washing patients and doing general duties,” she says.

“I did that for eight years, helping the qualified nurses. Then my manager supported me to get qualified myself.”

Sadie was seconded for three years to do a degree in nursing, and seven years ago passed with flying colours, returning to the same Hallamshire unit where she had acted as an assistant.

Now, as a staff nurse on the head and neck unit, Sadie cares for patients having surgery.

“It can be anything from minor surgery such as having tonsils removed, right through to major operations for cancer in the head or neck,” she says. “I admit patients, see them through their surgery and deal with medication.

“I love the job – the contact with patients, helping people recover from their surgery.

“It’s nice to see them come in and then go home well.

“Of course it can be stressful and upsetting at times – we get to know the patients well, so if things don’t work out that can be hard, but we get through it by supporting each other and talking it through.”

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