As part of our Sector Spotlight on NHS Orkney, we have spoken to Amanda Manson, who is a Specialist Cardiac Nurse. Amanda knew she wanted to be a Nurse when she left school. After training in Orkney and Aberdeen, plus 15 years working in hospitals south, she returned home to work for NHS Orkney.
Can you describe a typical day as a Specialist Cardiac Nurse?
My day is varied and always interesting. I work in the clinic, wards and sometimes in people’s own homes.
How did you end up in your current role?
I knew I wanted to be a nurse when I left school, but it was six months until the next course started so I worked as a Waitress and as a Domestic in the Balfour until it started.
I did some of my training in Orkney and the rest of it in Aberdeen. I worked in lots of specialties and hospitals, finally coming home to Orkney after 15 years south.
What is the best thing about your job?
My day is always different and I’m always learning something new.
What is the worst thing about your job?
What skills do you need to be a Specialist Cardiac Nurse?
You need to enjoy working with and meeting lots of different people.
Enjoy working with computers and technology as it’s always changing.
To be calm when faced with lots of work and deadlines.
What qualifications do you have?
I have seven ‘O’ Grades (these are equivalent to National 5!) and three Highers. I’m a Registered General Nurse and a Heart Failure Nurse Practitioner (BSc).
Would you recommend a career in nursing?
Yes I would definitely recommend nursing as your working day flies by and it’s a privilege to help people feel better.
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