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Lincolnshire nurse marks 40 years in critical care

An intensive care nurse at Scunthorpe General Hospital has clocked up 40 years working for the NHS.

Critical care outreach sister Sue Snelson started as a nursing auxiliary in November 1972. After qualifying in 1977, she became a staff nurse on the hospital’s coronary care unit and three years later moved to accident and emergency.

In 1984 she was made a junior sister on the newly opened intensive care unit before becoming its clinical nurse manager in 1987. She stayed on the unit until 2008 when she took on the new role of critical care outreach sister.

Ms Snelson was also a founder member of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses in 1985.

She said: “I love my job. I get a real sense of satisfaction knowing I am helping minimise the risk of deterioration for these very sick patients on wards and contributing to the ongoing improvement of services within the trust.”

She added: “I have obviously seen a lot of staff come and go over the years. I have been fortunate enough to work with some lovely people and I have made some life-long friends.

“I have [also] seen the introduction of modern technology to do simple things such as take patient’s observations…. and more recently the use of Patient at Risk scoring to identify early patient deterioration, as well as more innovative things such as the introduction of high observation beds in surgery and non-invasive ventilation for chronic respiratory patients.”

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