Nursing jobs: intensive care nurses
I'm a paediatric intensive care nurse. I started in intensive care with the intention of doing a year and said this would be great for my CV, do a year and then off I go, and it was just one opportunity after another. I've been here now eight years, every time I thought, oh I think I need a little break maybe I'll step away, there's been something else to step into and it's been wonderful.
It's been a good learning curve and again I thought, what's next, and they said well there's a retrieval service that we run and now you've done your course you can become a retrieval nurse. For about four years I've been doing that. I absolutely love it.
I think working with children can be very challenging and looking after families is an extension of your role, very much a team effort and we all feel the losses but you learn that you're trying your best for every patient and family that comes to the Evelina. One of the strengths of the Evelina London is that the senior staff are really there for their staff and particularly from a nursing point of view and looking after one another and making sure that we're okay in a very stressful and difficult environment, that we do take the time to look after ourselves and that we make sure that we're out on time and we're okay.
Working here there is always career progression and development and people want to invest in you and that is what every nurse wants I think. The support that I've had was amazing and career progression is phenomenal. I can't imagine working anywhere else.
This has been my journey at Evelina London, part of Guy's and St Thomas'. When will you start yours?
We are looking for nurses of all levels to join our expanding Paediatric Intensive Care team.
Come to one of our PICU nursing recruitment open days or arrange a tour of our award-winning hospital to find more out about our amazing opportunities to help you develop your career in critical care.
We offer qualified nurses a shift shadowing opportunity to get first-hand experience of working in our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
Visit Feel the Pulse to find out more about joining our PICU team.
Who we are
We are the lead centre for intensive care in the south-east region and have the largest PICU in London but we are growing. Our new Sky Ward will expand our critical care services to a total of 29 beds alongside a new cardiology ward with 18 beds.
Our PICU includes general intensive care, cardiac intensive care and an ECMO service. We are also home to the South Thames Retrieval Service (STRS) a transport service for all critically ill children south of the river Thames. STRS receives over 1,800 referrals a year, moves around 900 children between hospitals and provides training and simulation courses to partner hospitals.
We offer training courses to nurses wishing to become advanced nurse practitioners and retrieval nurse practitioners.
Opportunities at all levels
As a nurse coming to Evelina London, we will give you the space to develop in your career with the support of our education team and the Evelina Academy:
We provide a structured, supportive introduction to PICU for both newly qualified nurses and paediatric nurses with no prior PICU experience. You will take an active part in your own professional development through study days and e-learning, guided by mentors.
Adult registered nurses with paediatric or ITU experience: we will support your transition to paediatrics.
Experienced PICU nurses: we will support you to adjust to a new unit and build on your knowledge and skills.
Advanced nurse practitioners: we can support you to develop any additional skills you may need such as critical care transport.
If you’re ready to undertake an advanced nurse practitioner role we have a two year training programme.
There is a place on our team for you.
We will nurture dynamic and motivated nurses to provide outstanding nursing care to children and their families and enable you to reach for the Sky.
If you're interested in working for us, please look at our latest vacancies on the Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust website and apply for a job online.