60-seconds with mesothelioma clinical nurse specialist Christine Jones
Mesothelioma clinical nurse specialist Christine Jones loves her diverse role
Christine Jones, 54, has more than 30 years’ nursing experience. Married with two children, she has been a lung cancer clinical nurse specialist for 10 years.
Last month she became Mesothelioma UK’s 10th addition to their dedicated team of clinical nurse specialists when she took up her role at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
What are your main work responsibilities?
To plan, assess and evaluate the care given to all patients suspected of having lung cancer or mesothelioma, from diagnosis through to supportive care.
How did you get your job?
Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer. There is a high incidence in Plymouth and surrounding areas, so we approached Mesothelioma UK with an expression of interest for a specialist mesothelioma nurse.
Who are your patients?
Anyone with a confirmed diagnosis of mesothelioma or undergoing diagnostics and waiting for results.
What do you love about your job?
I love the diversity of my role, dealing with a select patient group who present with complex needs.
What do you find most difficult?
Dealing with anxiety during the transition period from active treatment to supportive care, when patients and families can feel helpless and lost.
What is your priority at work?
Using best practice to ensure the patients’ pathway is seamless and meets their needs.
How have you developed your skills in this role?
Through several years experience of the field and additional training.
What has been your most formative career experience?
Both my parents died at a relatively young age of lung cancer. This gave me insight into coping as a family and consolidated my wish to work in this area.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Do not specialise too early, get as much experience as you can in different areas, and always accept that as much as you think you know, there is still lots to learn.