We talk to Adam Morris, matron for Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, who has been a nurse for nine years.
Why did you decide to be a nurse?
I have a strong family background in nursing and saw the difference that nurses can make to people’s lives when they are in difficulty.
Where did you train?
University of Manchester
What was your first job in nursing?
I started working in a nursing home as a care assistant when I was 16. My first job as a nurse was on a psychiatric intensive care unit in Manchester.
What is the trait you least like in yourself and why?
I can often be overly critical of myself and can over think things.
Whom have you learnt most from in your nursing career and why?
I have always and will continue to learn most from the service users I have worked with. They are always the quickest to let me know if they think I’m doing well…. or not.
What advice would you give someone starting out in the profession?
Always remember that the patient is at the centre of all decision making and that every interaction can have an impact on their recovery. What you say and how you say it makes more of a difference than we often realise.
What keeps you awake at night?
Not too much, I’ve always been a good sleeper.
What’s the most satisfying part of your job?
Being able to make quick, simple changes that immediately improve the service-user experience on the wards, as well as helping teams to implement these changes.
What’s your proudest achievement?
I’ve been pleased to have been nominated for staff awards on a number of occasions by colleagues and was named Unsung Clinical Hero in 2010.
What do you think will change nursing in the next decade?
In these difficult financial times and with the inevitable reductions in income for healthcare organisations, we have to make sure that we never allow the quality of what we do to be impacted upon.
Which job would you have done if you hadn’t become a nurse?
The envious looks I’ve given people working in delis when I’ve had a bad day make me think it would be something like that.
What job would you like to be doing in five years?
Whatever role I’m in, I’d like to still be able to have a direct impact on service users’ care.
What do you think makes you a good nurse?
I always try to put myself in the position of the service user and understand the way the world looks through their eyes.
If you could change one thing in healthcare, what would it be?
I’d like to see a generally increased focus on the importance and impact that improved mental health can have on everyone’s lives.
What would your ideal weekend involve?
As little as possible. Weekend relaxation is very important to me.
If you could spend an hour in someone’s company, who would it be and why?
Kylie … because it’s Kylie.