Photo: Beth Poyner

Beth Poyner's story

Beth's passion for nursing was sparked when she spent time caring for her auntie, so the relationships she builds and care she delivers each day are hugely important to her. 

A part of the neurosurgery team since early 2016, Beth’s confidence has grown: “Neurosurgery can be complex at times, but once you grasp the basics you feel confident. It is a hugely interesting department to work in and no day is the same.

“Helping patients to re-learn basic skills such as walking and talking, and watching that progress, is what makes the job worthwhile.

“Before I came to QEHB, I had never worked in neuro, but I couldn’t see myself in any other specialty – at least for a long time,” But Beth can’t wait to build her nursing career.

“Before I joined the Trust, I didn’t have much confidence in my nursing ability. Colleagues would tell me I’m a good nurse but I didn’t believe them.

“The clinical educators at QEHB are amazing – they’ve been invaluable. The guidance and training they have given me has made me believe in myself.

“I really enjoy teaching and mentoring our student nurses, so I have applied for the mentorship course and on occasions I lead nursing shifts on the ward. This has allowed me to develop my leadership skills and helps to get me ready for the next step in my career.”

It’s not just her nursing responsibilities Beth loves, but her team too: “Ward 407 and the neuro team are a really social group and I organise many of the evenings out. As with any nursing role, it can be tough, but we support each other.

“For anyone considering neurosurgery, I’d say go for it!  It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”