Clinical nurse manager at a children’s hospice

As a child Susan Smyth, clinical nurse manager at Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, wanted to be either a children’s nurse or a flight attendant. Today, she combines her love of nursing and flying by each year giving groups of seriously ill children the trip of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida

As a child Susan Smyth, clinical nurse manager at Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, wanted to be either a children’s nurse or a flight attendant. Today, she combines her love of nursing and flying by each year giving groups of seriously ill children the trip of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida. Here, she talks about her career to date.

Abstract

What is your job?

I am a clinical nurse manager at Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) working as part of the clinical effectiveness team and focusing on quality improvement. I am also the clinical effectiveness team link to our CHAS at Home team.

Why did you become a children’s nurse?

This sounds cheesy but I wanted to be a children’s nurse ever since I looked after my ‘sick’ dolls in a nurse’s outfit as a child. I wanted to be a nurse or an air hostess but, in those days, you needed to be a certain height to fly and I was not tall enough.

Where did you train?

I trained at the South Lothian College of Nursing and Midwifery in Edinburgh.

Where did you work previously?

I came to CHAS in 2008 with 25 years’ experience of children’s nursing in different roles at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. I had worked in acute and community settings, and nurse specialist posts. The last job I had there was palliative care nurse specialist.

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This article was first published in print under the original title 'Living the dream' in Nursing Children and Young People: volume 28, issue 1

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