Craig Leathard, Charge Nurse

Craig Leathard@NHS from 21/11/16 to 25/11/16

Twitter: @Lethalleathard

Job title: Charge Nurse

Place of work: Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital

I’m a Charge Nurse working at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

I’ve had an interest in nursing from a very early age. My grandparents, uncles, aunties and parents have all been involved in nursing so it became apparent very quickly that this was a profession that I would look into and follow.

I started working as a nurse aged 17 when I joined Northumbria on a Youth Training Scheme. They have developed me throughout my career as a nurse, helping me progress from a healthcare assistant to a staff nurse to a charge nurse and more recently working on the ward as a nurse practitioner.

Working in an Emergency Department can be challenging and every day is different, but I can honestly say I love my job. Working on the frontline, you get to see and experience so much and even though I’ve been in the NHS for 26 years now, I continue to learn and develop every day.

My aim and my passion is and always has been to be there for people when they need me. I work hard to make sure that I can turn a distressing and traumatic situation into a positive one for every patient I meet. Being able to do that is definitely the most rewarding part of being a nurse.

As well as my work as a nurse, I also run a charity called ‘The Calendar Lads’ (I’ll let you work out why we’re called that!). With the support of Northumbria Healthcare and the team alongside me, we have been able to raise thousands of pounds and awareness for some great causes.

As well as having a passion for nursing, I have a passion for talking too, so I hope you enjoy hearing my NHS story.

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