Meet Ellen Rankin, Nurse in the Resuscitation and Simulation team at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.
“Whilst I am celebrating my 20th year at the RUH this year, I have actually been helping the local community a lot longer.
“Having left school at 16, and embarking on a career as a secretary, I soon realised it wasn’t the role for me and it was a chance encounter with an old school friend that led to me apply to nursing training and I successfully qualified in 1977. Whilst a lot has changed in the subsequent years, with new technologies and the ever-changing nature of nurse roles, the role is still as diverse as it ever was – every day is different and challenging. You never know what you’re coming in to.
“With over 40 years’ experience working in different departments and having four of my own children l now play an important part in helping to train others. For me, having that feeling of enabling others to do things, which they didn’t think they could do is so rewarding – we have staff that come into resuscitation sessions who are anxious and think they can’t do that and to see their faces light up when they leave – their confidence increasing and making a difference for patient safety. I love helping colleagues complete their training, it is really great!
“As for when I’m not at work, I’m a keen gardener and I even took part in the virtual marathon event put on by the Forever Friends Appeal. This is no mean feat, especially as I didn’t include the steps I take at work.
“I’m a big fan of Christmas and I love the opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family. Although this year may be a bit different, hopefully it will only be for this year, fingers crossed next year will be different again.”