Yate nurse to be the face of UK recruitment campaign

August 01 2018

Hazel Roddan, a district nurse from Yate, is to be the face of a national recruitment campaign for nurses on behalf of Sirona.

Sirona provides specialised community health care and needs more community nurses so it has turned to the mother-of-three, a District Nurse team leader in Yate, to help the recruitment drive.

Hazel started her training in 1981 and has seen huge changes over the years. She said: “It was a school of nursing in those days. I have always wanted to care for people; the turning point was when I was 15 and there was a careers event at school and we were advised about pre-nursing courses. It confirmed that was what I wanted to do. I applied for the nursing school and in those days, you had to wait to get in.” 

She continued: “After three years I was a registered general nurse. I was one of the first groups as until then it had been state registered nurses, or SRN. I couldn’t go straight into the community as I had to have hospital experience and I worked in general surgery, gynaecology and orthopaedics, all of which stood me in good stead for working in the community. I was then sponsored to do a district nursing course for a year by the hospital; I was quite unique as I was quite young to make that choice – it tended to be an option for people when they had children.”

Hazel stayed in community nursing and has seen huge changes over that time.  She said: “When I started we used to spend the mornings delivering personal care, ensuring people were up and out of bed, but over time that changed. We certainly weren’t managing large wounds or sorting catheters or other equipment in the home.” 

She continued: “Today we provide care tailored for the person in their home; we build relationships with individuals and their families and are able to really support them and ensure continuity – I wouldn’t do anything else.”

These days community nursing includes managing the needs of those undergoing rehabilitation following discharge from hospital. This can be with wound care, catheter care, intravenous antibiotics and end of life care. 

Hazel said: “Providing End of Life care is also really important to me and giving people the choice to die at home, if that is what they want; that’s something that has developed over the years.”

Alison Griffiths, Locality Manager for Sirona, said: “Community nursing has evolved hugely over the years both in terms of the complexity of conditions experienced by service users and the length of time we care for them; in some cases, people are cared for by a community nursing team over a number of years and we really become part of the family.”

Hazel said: “I have loved every minute of it; we are able to make a difference in our community and I would encourage any nurse to join us.”