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Your Impact: Jodie Nightingill

Suzanne Beattie
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30 Mar 2014

Jodie Nightingill on her role, her journey, working with patients and their families, and working with Bloodwise.

What’s your role?

My name is Jodie Nightingill and I am Clinical Nurse Specialist for Haematology

What are your main responsibilities?

My main responsibilities are to ensure a safe, smooth and efficient pathway for all patients from referral to diagnosis and treatment, whether that be for a malignancy or otherwise.

Furthermore, where chemotherapy is required, I am responsible to ensure all pre-chemotherapy investigations have been completed prior to treatment start date including (where indicated):

Echocardiogram, ECG, Blood Tests, Viral Blood Test, Lung Function Test, Some patients require sperm cryopreservation (males) or egg harvesting (females) to ensure their fertility is preserved after treatment. In some cases counselling referrals or referrals to other services are made: district nurses, psychotherapy, PICC line insertion.

I provide a pre chemo assessment clinic wherein a holistic needs assessment is completed: we like to get to know the patient rather than just their disease. This allows us to understand patient’s individual needs and tailor care to suit. I welcome family members/ friends to attend with the patients so that the patient feels well supported: at the end of the holistic needs assessment I will show patients and their supporters through the chemo unit so they are familiar with the setting prior to their appointment.

I also perform bone marrow biopsies for diagnosis or staging purposes for patients. This is a new element of my role and I am very excited, I have now completed around 60 bone marrows independently.

Why did you decide to do this role?

I started my nurse training in 2007, but I did not find my passion for oncology nursing until my final year of training when I was asked to complete my management module in a local hospice. The level of care I was able to provide was amazing to me, the relationships built with patients and their families at such a crucial part of their lives was an honour to me. The hospice was however a little slow paced for a newly qualified nurse so I moved to a palliative ward mixed with medical oncology patients where I was caring for patients at the end of their life, or patients who were undergoing chemotherapy for haematological malignancies. I soon became intrigued with the haematology patients, I would see that although at times they presented to the hospital extremely unwell their conditions were turned around and with successful treatment and they were happily discharged: this gave me the chance to see more cures of disease and this was fascinating. I then went back to university to qualify in chemotherapy administration and had a new role as Chemotherapy nurse which I did for 2 years before progressing to my current role of clinical nurse specialist for haematology.

Is there an aspect of your role that you really enjoy?

I think naturally my most enjoyable moments are delivering news of total remissions: this is becoming a more frequent part of my job which proves to me that our treatments are fantastic and have come such a long way. So I guess the successful stories are my favourite part, thankfully this is the majority of outcomes.

What’s the most memorable moment you’ve had in your job?

I cannot say that I have a most memorable moment, but I can say that my job reminds me daily to remain grateful for my health and blessings. It reminds me patients are not their diagnosis, they have stories from their childhood to tell, they have had careers, they’ve had love and lost, they’ve had children and families, they all have a story to tell and we must listen to their stories in order to ensure tailor made care for the best possible outcomes.

How does your work impact on patients?

My work aims to provide a safe, efficient, supportive and successful care pathway to all patients from the moment they are referred in to the service.

How has engaging with Bloodwise impacted on your work?

I engage with Bloodwise very regularly. I only supply Bloodwise literature to my patients and I read all booklets before I give them out.

I use Bloodwise to help me find support groups for patients and have visited some myself to ensure that I can recommend them to my patients.

Bloodwise reminds me that there is a cure for all cancers out there and that in volunteering work and great advances in our knowledge we must keep striving to work towards this goal.

Engaging with Bloodwise has also helped me to keep my knowledge up to date, I have written patient information leaflets on subjects such a mucositis and been a proof reader for infection leaflets.

I have enjoyed days out with Bloodwise such as attending the dress rehearsal of Gary Barlow’s ‘The Girls’ which was a great reward for me and my mum came along too.

Thank you Bloodwise!