‘When he was diagnosed, Dad had one wish – to spend one last Christmas at home with the family. It was really important to him, but as he got more poorly and needed constant medical care we didn’t think it was going to be able to happen. That’s where the nurses came in.’
‘Helping people like Maria’s dad is what I get up for in the morning. I put care packages in place for cancer patients and those with long-term conditions, making sure the right support is available to allow them to live their lives the best they can.
‘On my course, I prepared for my nursing career by getting experience on a range of different work placements. I worked in the urology ward, A&E, theatre, cardiology and then in the community. I especially loved A&E as there is such a buzz. You don't know what's coming through the door and you see people at the most critical point of their lives.’