14 May ‘I feel very honoured to be part of the Bright Red family’ – Gillian Davison, North Tyneside General Hospital and Wansbeck General Hospital
Wednesday 12th May was International Nurses Day! Organised annually by the International Council of Nurses, International Nurses Day celebrates the contribution that nurses make to societies around the world! This week, to show our appreciation, we’ll be sharing interviews and stories of our wonderful Bright Red nurses posted around the North East.
Today we feature Gillian Davison, based within Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust.
Funded by Bright Red, Gillian works between North Tyneside General Hospital and Wansbeck General Hospital, supporting patients with Haematological Malignancies.
Gillian was working as an Oncology Staff Nurse on the Oncology Day Unit at North Tyneside Hospital when she spotted the advertisement for the Bright Red Haemotology Post. She says that she knew, deep down, that she had to apply for it:
“I love being able to support both the patients and their families throughout their illness and treatment. Building strong relationships is really important to me, and I feel my role is so important – not only to the patient, but also to my team.”
She says while she’s had a varied career – from trauma practice nursing and oncology – it wasn’t until she set foot on the Oncology Unit that she realised this was what she wanted to do and that this was where she was meant to be.
On a day to day basis, Gillian’s role can be very diverse, as she offers support to patients with a variety of conditions including Leukaemia, Myeloma, Lymphoma, and Myeloproliferative Disorders. Every day is different, and Gillian says that that means she is given plenty of new challenges and opportunities to grow in her role.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gillian’s main challenge has been finding new ways of working so that she can continue to support her patients. She says that although she has missed the face to face interaction, she has had the opportunity to develop her skills and to build stronger relationships with both her team and her patients:
“I’m inspired by my team; their passion is so clear to see! I feel our patients receive the best possible care we can give, and I’m so proud to be a part of that – and that Bright Red has given me the chance to do so. I feel very honoured to be part of the Bright Red family.”
Bright Red would like to say a huge thank you to Gillian for her ongoing support and commitment to her role.