60 seconds with RCN professional lead Amanda Cheesley
Always fight for what you know is right, and grasp every opportunity that comes your way, says Amanda Cheesley.
Always fight for what you know is right and grasp every opportunity that comes your way, says Amanda Cheesley.
Amanda Cheesley qualified as a nurse in 1981 after training with Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps. In the early 1990s she served in the first Gulf War, and she has also worked for the NHS as a district nurse and as a Marie Curie nurse.
She lives in Somerset with her husband of 25 years, and has been in her current role as RCN professional lead for long-term conditions and end of life care for 6 years.
What are your main work responsibilities?
Shaping nursing policy and practice, internally and externally, in relation to end of life care and long-term conditions (LTCs).
Who are your clients/patients?
RCN staff and forum members and nurses across the UK providing care for people at the end of their lives in a variety of settings.
What do you love about your job?
The variety – no two days are the same – and meeting extraordinary people providing fabulous care.
What do you find most difficult?
That I can’t do more to improve patient care. It is also frustrating to hear bad news in the mainstream media, yet nothing about the wonderful things that are happening in nursing.
What is your top priority at work?
To work with nurses and others across the UK to share good practice and innovation in LTCs and end of life care, including developing educational resources to support this.
What has been your most formative career experience?
Having two extraordinary role models who were inspirational nurses and teachers. They always put their patients first.
If you hadn’t become a nurse, what would you have done instead?
Become an actor or broadcaster.
What will be your next career move?
Something that involves end of life care and coaching staff to achieve their dreams.
What is the best lesson nursing has taught you?
To be resilient, to have integrity and to fight for what is right.
What career advice would you give your younger self?
Never give up, ask questions constantly, be persistent and grasp every opportunity.