Care, compassion and the Clarets

On International Nurses Day, meet CPFT's head of nursing Judy Dean

Care, compassion and the Clarets
12 May 2014

To mark International Nurses Day, here's a 60-second question and answer session with CPFT's head of nursing Judy Dean.

How did you start in nursing?
I started my general nurse training in Burnley when I was 18-years-old in 1983. I came to Cambridge in 1990 to train as a mental health nurse.

What makes a good nurse?
First and foremost, someone who cares about people and wants to improve their experience of care. Someone who always put the patient first

Can you remember you first day as a qualified nurse?
It was in a community hospital in a busy medical ward. It felt like a big responsibility to take charge of the ward and holding the keys. I was very nervous but keen to get things right. My colleagues were really supportive – and throughout my career being in a supportive team has been crucial.

What is future of nursing?
We need to never lose sight of the basics of nursing – a focus on patient safety, experience and clinical effectiveness. Hold our 6C values close and for nurses to embrace new ways of working and to take opportunities to lead service development for the benefit of patients.

Anything else we need to know about you?
I am passionate about nursing and the future of our profession. This is going to be as good a year for us as it has been for the newly promoted Burnley FC. Up the Clarets!

Like this? Now click here for 60 seconds with CPFT's Julia Ferris who left banking for a career in mental health


For more information contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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