The respiratory team work on Badger Ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and treat children with breathing problems, for example congenital, complex asthma, or cystic fibrosis.
Children with tracheostomies and those who need help with their breathing on a regular basis are also nursed here. In addition, children with sleep disorders spend some time on Badger ward.
Badger Ward has a close-knit nursing team. They get to know many of their patients and families quite well because the children often need regular or long-term treatment.
As with Bear Ward
, the work is challenging given the acute and chronic conditions of many of the patients. However, it will really suit nurses who want to develop their expertise in ventilation and respiratory care while working in a real team environment.
Lisa White, Band 6 Senior Staff Nurse
Lisa has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for six years.
What does your role as senior staff nurse on Badger ward involve?
I am in charge on a ward where we care for patients with acute and chronic respiratory conditions. I supervise junior staff and generally ensure our patients are well looked after, alongside my clinical nursing responsibilities.
Why did you decide to come and work at GOSH, and on Badger ward in particular?
I worked on Badger Ward for seven weeks when I was a student nurse here. I loved the team, and felt that the respiratory field was one in which the skills are transferable so I wouldn't be limited by what I could do in the future.
GOSH is at the cutting edge of medical care and the opportunity to work at a world-class organisation really appealed to me.
What skills do you think nurses working on Badger Ward need?
You need to be a team player - we have a small team here and everyone works very closely together. You've also got to be driven and motivated to ensure you get everything done and the patients receive the highest possible levels of care.
What would you say are the best things about being a nurse on Badger Ward?
My favourite things are the team and the patients. We build up a really good rapport with our patients on Badger Ward
, probably because we tend to nurse many of them frequently and over a long period of time. The team is very close, morale is pretty high, and everybody helps each other out.
Would you consider nursing on a ward with a different speciality?
Possibly in the future, and that's one of the benefits of having worked in the respiratory field and gaining such transferable skills. At the moment though I am really relishing my role at a senior staff nurse and making the most of all the opportunities I am given.
Did you ever think twice about applying for a role at GOSH?
No! I loved working here as a student nurse and knew this was the place I wanted to be.