Ian Melling is celebrating 35 years of nursing this year and is the latest colleague to feature in our 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife campaign.
Why did you want to become a nurse/ midwife ?
As a young child my father received excellent care in my local home town hospital, and at college I went on placements to the same hospital,and observing the nursing staff in different units, influenced my choice of career, which in 2020 will be my 35th year (including my training in Calderdale).
Why is nursing/midwifery the best career ?
Every day is a challenge, but very rewarding. I have progressed my career through the Trust with fantastic support. After qualifying I was the first male staff nurse appointed to the female surgical ward (Ward 9) at the old General Hospital in Halifax, and worked with an absolutely inspirational ward sister - Anne Hickox,and a fantastic team. Now, in paediatrics I have been supported to progress my career to the role I am now in - Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practioner - and I am proud to be a part of a phenomenal paediatric team.
My philosophy is 99% of my work is up,1% is down.
Sum up Nursing/Midwifery in 3 words.