at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Kelly Dargan

Registered nurse

...I'm known for seeing the glass half-full.

I did a lot of my training at the West Suffolk Hospital when I was studying for my nursing degree. I was amazed at how friendly and supportive everyone was. We’re a close-knit team here. Even when it’s a tough day we all go the extra mile to support each other to ensure the patient care we provide is outstanding. I like to keep morale up by being smiley and as helpful as possible.

I’ve been here for around a year now, and have really found my feet. My manager is so supportive of me, and is always looking out for training opportunities and ways to develop my skills as a nurse. I recently completed my phlebotomy and cannulation training, and also did a great Acute Life-threatening Events Recognition and Treatment (ALERT) course to recognise clinical deterioration in a patient.

Working in healthcare is in my genes; my auntie also works in the sector. The belt I’m wearing was given to me by her; a colleague of hers who cared for my grandad gave it to her. I always get comments about how nice it looks.

We’re quite a small Trust which means you get to know people well and be recognised in the corridors; it makes us friendly! I’m so lucky to live in Bury St Edmunds, too. My garden backs onto the beautiful water meadows, and I get to walk in every morning which is a luxury. I’d definitely recommend it.

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