Meet the Future LD Nurses
North East and Yorkshire
Hello, my name is Chloe Hawkins. I am a learning disability nursing student, at Northumbria University Newcastle.
I started my journey into nursing following over 5 years working in independent supported living services for adults with learning disabilities. I progressed to the role of team manager, and through this role I had the ability to observe some of the fantastic work that the community learning disability nurses did in partnership with the clients, myself, and the wider multi-disciplinary team. I was fascinated with and became passionate about positive behavioural support pathways, having had support from a community nurse to implement behavioural support plans. I observed the positive work conducted during complex situations, and this gave me a desire to be an ambassador for and advocate for people with a learning disability. It was from this work and observing the dedication of the nurses in relation to implementing holistic care that I decided to apply to university and begin my nurse education.
I am passionate about reducing barriers to healthcare and promoting inclusion. I believe the role of the nurse in developing trust with patients is paramount, and allows for safe care. I love what I do and maintain compassion and empathy throughout all my work. Whilst I continue to develop, I have progressed to a style of working which allows me to lead by example and engage with individuals, families and carers. I am committed to ensuring a thoroughness of work and continuously developing my skills to build upon my knowledge. I am dedicated to my nursing career, I have an approach to healthcare which is focused and passionate to deliver high quality care. I feel very privileged to be able to meet and work alongside some wonderful patients and nurses including a great respect for those who have taught me new skills.