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As a Ward Sister I had the opportunity to develop and refine 1st Line Management Skills particularly in the area of people management. I also gained great benefit from a 6 week management course I had the opportunity to undertake with the RCN including 2 weeks teaching and assessment training. My first post as a Nursing Officer of a GP led hospital service with Maternity, Adult in-patients, GP Casualty, OPD and Health Centre Treatment Room included management of Catering, Domestic Staff and Site Management. This post provided me with many development opportunities in the area of general management. I found project work such as leading and introducing the Nursing Process, and acting as facilitator for Standard Setting Groups across the unit of management provided me with an opportunity to explore the area of change management and my skill development in this field (Group Dynamics). I had the opportunity to go on a four week residential management course which I found beneficial as it developed advanced practical skills in problem solving, change management, negotiation, project management and motivating. Completing a Post Grad Diploma in Health and Social Services Management was extremely beneficial as it helped me gain knowledge of wider political and strategic aspects of the National Health Service. As a Supervisor of Midwives I had the opportunity to work within a Statutory Framework and participate in team working outside my own service, participating at Health & Social Services Board Level and National Board Level interfacing with Education Providers in professional developments.
You should be prepared for an ever changing, challenging-working environment and have a flexible attitude and approach to problem solving and prioritising. Be willing to be a life long learner. It is important that you continue to develop yourself both professionally and personally. Keep a focus on work life balance. Even though the work is challenging and often brings difficult decisions, try to enjoy being instrumental in the provision of a high quality Nursing and Midwifery Service for women and children.
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