Hear from Rachel Eaton, Senior Sister, Cardiac Surgery

Senior sister Rachel Eaton has grown her career, skills and knowledge in the seven years she has spent in the St George’s Cardiac Surgery nursing team.

She joined after qualifying because “Cardiac surgery really interests me”. Three promotions later, Rachel leads a friendly and supportive team helping a huge variety of patients recover, after major surgery.

“It’s a very varied workload, from 20 years olds recovering from aorta surgery to 85 year olds who have had heart bypass surgery, and patients who have undergone emergency operations.

“To start with you work with less acute patients and we help new nurses manage patients and their time. As you progress, there are great opportunities to gain experience in what is a quite unique setting as we provide a fast-track service which involves one to one care overnight to patients who have undergone major heart surgery.

“I’ve been fortunate to benefit from a lot of training opportunities – formal training, informal education and on-the-job learning via other nurses and consultants, and to take up post-graduate courses which have interested me. It’s something we put a great value on for all the team,” she said.

Rachel works with around 30 nurses on Benjamin Weir Ward and is enjoying the continued “friendliness and supportive culture” she has developed her career in.