Introducing Stoma Care Nurse, Margaret Clothier
My name is Margaret Clothier and I have been with SecuriCare as a hospital Stoma Care Nurse, based in Durham, for almost 7 months.
I’ve been a nurse for over 20 years
I’d been a nurse for over 20 years (with the last 16 on a busy Colorectal & Bariatric acute surgical ward). As many people do at some point in their lives, I decided to take stock and evaluate what was most important to me as a nurse. I realised that it was patient care but that my role was taking me further and further away from this. After a struggle with myself, I decided to leave the NHS and, nervously, joined the SecuriCare North nursing team.
Joining the SecuriCare nursing team has allowed me to focus on
I’m so glad that I did: my first 6 months with SecuriCare have been
amazing and my flame of passion for nursing is burning bright once
again. I am re-energised, passionate and enthusiastic. I even smile
every day (which is freaking my husband out)! I know that sounds a
bit cheesy, but it really is the truth.
From my induction into the company, through the clinical skills
assessments and now on a day-to-day basis, the theme throughout
SecuriCare, echoed by the Managing Director, Nurses, Managers,
Customer Services and all the other support personnel is the same –
Patient care comes first and everyone goes the extra mile to ensure
Having time to spend with patients is a joy
I hadn’t had the luxury of spending this much time with patients for
such a long time whilst I was in the NHS. Now, I meet patients, their
relatives and carers pre-op. in their own homes, or sometimes in
hospital when they are emergencies, to teach and counsel regarding
ongoing stoma care. I then follow their journey from surgery and the
recovery phase through to rehabilitation, all contributing towards
their independence and confidence in stoma care.
I like to try and really understand what patients are experiencing
A patient once said to me, “Nurse, how can you tell me everything
will be okay once I have a stoma when you don’t even have one?” I
woke up thinking about this at 2am the following morning and
realised that he was right. The following day (Saturday), I decided to
wear a stoma pouch to see what it felt like but that was not ‘realistic’
enough - so I tried putting vegetable soup in the pouch and
continuing with my usual activities. My husband was not very keen
on me going to bed wearing my soup-filled pouch but I had promised
myself to keep it on for 24 hours. Yes, you guessed it, I woke up to
carrots and peas everywhere inside the bed! Not quite the same as
having an actual stoma but this did give me more understanding and
empathy with patients living with a stoma.
I cherish every day – both in and outside of work
My life is extremely busy. I have two grown-up daughters both
getting married over the next two years, one in Cyprus, the other in
Athens. I am moving house, too, into our dream home so life really
is good at the moment. However, as a nurse I’m reminded on a daily
basis that life can be cruel so I take nothing for granted and I cherish
everything positive that happens to me, every day. After all, when
not so long ago I thought that my nursing career was coming to an
end, thanks to SecuriCare I now have the energy and enthusiasm to
continue doing what I love for many more years to come.