Jennie Fecitt, senior sister/emergency nurse practitioner in Manchester, who has been a nurse for 25 years
Why did you decide to become a nurse?
I wanted to be a nurse from the age of four years.
Where did you train?
What was your first job?
Enrolled nurse at Broadgreen Hospital in Liverpool.
What is the trait you least like in yourself and why?
Getting frustrated at injustice.
Whom have you learnt most from in your nursing career and why?
There have been many role models during my career. All have nurtured and shaped me into the nurse I am today. Sister Holmes, sister Draper, sister Conway, Dr Peter Driscoll to name a few.
What advice would you give someone starting out in the profession?
Read the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s code of conduct and relevant standards/guidelines. The nurse’s bible as I call it. And whenever the pressure on the job rises, read it and remind yourself again what we are all about.
What keeps you awake at night?
Patient safety, lack of leadership in the profession, and how to change the bullying, target-driven culture within the NHS.
What’s the most satisfying part of your job?
Making a difference. Delivering compassionate dignified care. Seeing patients pain-free, comfortable, reassured and involved in the decision making of their care.
What’s your proudest achievement?
Blowing the whistle on patient safety - and refusing to sign a gagging order to silence me. My main objective was to close the loophole in the law for whistleblowers that NHS Manchester was attempting to create. As a result of my case, Parliament was urged to amend the whistlebowing legislation (Public Interest Disclosure Act). The law will now afford greater protection to health professionals. Objective achieved.
There should be less political involvement in healthcare and targets should not be put before delivering care
What do you think will change nursing in the next decade?
Getting leadership back into nursing. Nurses getting back to basics.
Which job would you have done if you hadn’t become a nurse?
Not being a nurse was never an option.
What job would you like to be doing in five years?
A leadership or role model in nursing. Being the voice for the patient and the nurse.
What do you think makes a good nurse?
Someone who makes their patient their first concern. A person who delivers patient-centred, compassionate and dignified care. Also, someone who has empathy, patience and remains the patient’s advocate at all times.
If you could change one thing in healthcare, what would it be?
Less political involvement and ensuring targets are not put before delivering the basics.
What would your ideal weekend involve?
Quality time with my family. Oh and I do like to shop for clothes.
If you could spend an hour with someone, who would it be?
Nelson Mandela - an inspirational leader. By keeping his humility and his faith, he became a better man and has made us better too.