For over 40 years, Hilary Shoesmith dedicated her life to nursing. On 31 January, Ms Shoesmith passed away at the age of 58 and it is clear from the comments and memories shared with Nursing Times that her compassionate personality was adored by many, including loved ones, colleagues, students and patients.
“It’s really important to believe in yourself and put yourself out there,” Claire Adams tells me. The specialist rare disease nurse — more specifically, the specialist severe insulin resistance and diabetes nurse, and senior research nurse — speaks from personal experience.
Gabrielle Bleidorn used to spend every Christmas volunteering with the homeless. So when a nursing post came up a year and a half ago to improve healthcare for homeless people, she knew it was the job for her.
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In his multi-faceted and non-traditional role, nurse therapist Clyde Wright is helping to improve mental health care, and particularly the treatment offered to individuals with personality disorders
Victoria Elliot, NICE Fellow and Principal Care Consultant for The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), talks to Victoria Stevans about the ways she has seen creativity brought into the delivery of care to support patients’ general wellbeing
'Nursing is much more fulfilling if you challenge yourself, keep learning and keep moving'Subscription
“I enjoy the challenge of joining new services and making sense out of the chaos,” specialist clinician, Shirley Nicholls tells me with a laugh. As we talk, it becomes clear that becoming involved with new projects and services has sparked her interest throughout her nearly 30-year nursing career.
Standing beside Glyn Goodchild, we look at his 55-year long career – complete with its peaks and valleys – from the vantage point of an impending retirement.
'Early screening can be life changing'Subscription
Eileen Fegan, founder and clinical director of the Solihull Health Check Clinic, tells Victoria Stevans about her career, its setbacks, and how she has adapted to an ever-changing profession
'When people get access to services they’re entitled to, I feel I’ve done something right'Subscription
Apprentice joiner at a shipyard, building firm owner, and clinical nurse specialist for learning disabilities. Brian Evans’ CV is not short on variety.
As she comes to the end of her varied and impactful career, Anne Sweeney, pediatric nurse specialist at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, ruminates on her start, her legacy, and her plans for the future