Name: Vickie Trory
Job Title: SecuriCare Stoma Care Nurse
Hospital Base: George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton
How long have you worked for SecuriCare: 1.5 years. During this time, I have been supported by a brilliant team of nurses in the Midlands area who have encouraged me every step of the way through my induction and further training.
How did you get into Stoma Care Nursing: I qualified as a nurse in 2012. Previously, I worked as an assistant outdoor education instructor in a child’s behavioural unit but, due to my own ill health with inflammatory bowel disease, I chose to change my career. So my life experiences led me to nursing. At the start of my studies my aim was to become a Stoma Care Nurse but once qualified I enjoyed 3.5 manic years in acute medicine and critical care before reaching my original goal.
What do you enjoy most about your job: Most nurses choose this vocation because they wish to care for people. As a Stoma Care Nurse, I have the opportunity on a daily basis to assist people who are having stoma issues, help resolve those issues and improve their daily life. I also work closely with pre/post operative patients who are coming to terms with their surgery, offering them support and reassurance. I feel that the patients really value the service my colleagues and I offer and their gratitude leads to a sense of achievement within my role.
What is a typical working day like for you: I visit the day procedures unit to site anyone for surgery on that day (which means marking out where their stoma will be placed), then I visit the wards to check on any post operation or other patients and man the phone lines! I’m lucky that I also have
the variety of occasional home visits where I carry out pre operative talks and stoma reviews…plus
the occasional clinic thrown in! I love the diversity as every day is different.
What do you like to do in your free time: I’m quite a home bird and love nothing more than lazy
days in with my husband and daughter, watching films (after cleaning - I think I may have a touch of
OCD!). I’m also a sun worshipper so if this can be done on a sunny holiday with a chilled cocktail, I’m even happier!