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Ellen Watters

Ellen Watters


I qualified as an enrolled nurse in the 80s and worked in orthopaedics, care of the elderly and in trauma theatre in Edinburgh. I did the conversion course in 96 and worked for 4 years in respiratory medicine. I completed a diploma in cancer and palliative care in 2000.

I left the NHS in 2003 and have worked as an information nurse specialist for a cancer charity ever since. It is very rewarding and varied but I do sometimes miss patient contact and working with other nurses. I have worked with some amazing and inspirational nurses in my time.

I have completed further studies in CBT and in Social Sciences

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  • Comment on: Student nurses to wear 'hello my name is' badges

    Ellen Watters's comment 1-Sep-2014 12:07 pm

    ms1233 | 1-Sep-2014 11:28 am I think that's a little harsh, surely it can be used along side other communication skills teaching to enhance the experience of patients and their loved ones. I think every little helps (to coin a phrase) but absolutely it should be stressed to the students that this along with developing excellent communication skills in general, is a useful tool. And who knows, if its a resounding success then it can be taken up by other HCPs ..:)

  • Comment on: Two in every 10 complaints about NHS involve nursing care

    Ellen Watters's comment 1-Sep-2014 11:32 am

    It would be good also (and a nice moral boost) if all positive feedback was collated and published. We do need to know about complaints for sure and I know that there are many who do not complain when they absolutely should..I always suggest that, if there is good cause, that patients do complain. Otherwise there will be a false sense of everything being okay. They don't want to rock the boat, they are under the illusion that it will result in them receiving poorer care etc.. But that said, wouldn't it be nice to see all the positive feedback for a change..

  • Comment on: Don't shake hands with patients during flu outbreak, study suggests

    Ellen Watters's comment 30-Jul-2014 2:10 pm

    I'd love to see nurses and patients, and doctors fist bump as a way of greeting..:)

  • Comment on: Overseas nurses admit they don’t always have the 'right' language skills

    Ellen Watters's comment 2-Jun-2014 3:59 pm

    Its not just the basics of the language but the subtle nuances of local culture and language that can confuse even the most skilled in English. There is much that is 'lost in translation' an example was a Dr from south of the border who reported that the patient was hearing voices or hallucinating when she said she was still ' getting her messages' In parts of Scotland we know this to be that she was still able to get her shopping in.. Its a minefield .. I speak to patients regularly who come away from consultant appointments, where they have perhaps seen a locum whose first language is not English, and they haven't understood or been understood. Surely this isn't safe.

  • Comment on: 'Complacency' in asthma care causing avoidable deaths

    Ellen Watters's comment 7-May-2014 9:04 am

    Having worked in respiratory medicine for over 4 years, I witnessed on a regular basis how quickly asthmatics can 'go off'. It's pretty scary.

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