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Paediatric emergency unit sister

Emily Jones says all experiences at work, good and bad, will make you a better emergency nurse
Picture of Emily Jones, a paediatric emergency unit sister at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. She loves the variety of her job and says all experiences at work, good and bad, will make you a better emergency nurse.

Emily Jones says all experiences at work, good and bad, will make you a better emergency nurse

What is your job?

I am a sister in the paediatric emergency unit at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, where I help to lead and manage a team of 22 nurses and one play specialist, seeing more than 32,000 paediatric patients a year.

Why did you become an emergency nurse?

On an emergency department (ED) placement during my training I knew it was the place for me. I loved the pace, variety and excitement of not knowing what was coming through the doors.

As a newly qualified nurse in Cardiff, I was placed on a surgical ward and for the first month often cried after shifts as it was so daunting. I then settled down and started to enjoy it,

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