Asma - Staff Nurse

Who’s this?

I’m Asma, a staff Nurse in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

I’m Asma, a staff Nurse in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

I am a nurse that cares for babies who are born with some kind of complication or are born extremely premature (early).

Why did you choose this job?

It was different to anything I was ever exposed to during my student years. I enjoy the challenge and sensitivity of caring for babies that are the size of my hand! I love how much knowledge there is to learn in neonates. It’s like a whole other world! Especially with being at St Marys, a specialist centre, we get babies with weird and wonderful conditions that you get to learn a great deal about.

What is the best part of your job?

Working in a team. The satisfaction of getting things done and the outcome is in your favour. Letting a first time mum cuddle their baby for the first time in weeks is an amazing feeling! Also, working with and meeting some amazing people and families that inspire you.

Is your job stressful and how do you cope with stress?

Yes at times it can get very intense. I have to try and leave it behind and de-stress when I go home. Spending time with my family cooking and baking also helps!

What does your typical day look like?

Very busy most of the time! Caring for a baby and their parents in intensive care which requires a great deal of attention. Observing and putting up infusions and medications quite regularly and then usually running to deliveries with the doctors when an emergency pops up which can happen a lot in one shift!

What have you done that has made you most proud at work?

Completing the neonatal induction programme and making a difference to people’s lives.

What do you want to achieve in the next 5 years at work?

Having only recently qualified, I want to continue to build up experience and eventually move on to do advanced neonatal studies and become the best NICU nurse I can be.

How does a role like this pay?

The role of Staff Nurse normally starts at a Band 5 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Staff Nurse where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Manchester Universities NHS Foundation Trust (Central & Trafford Sites). If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Staff Nurse section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.