International Nurses’ Day Blog – Rachel Warrilow, The Woodhouse

I have worked at The Woodhouse since I qualified as a Nurse in 2012 and have worked in every area of the hospital as a Staff Nurse up until recently when I was promoted to Charge Nurse.

I grew up in a family of nurses, and whilst I was at school decided to do some work experience at a Learning Disability day centre for a week and I loved it! As soon as I was old enough I applied for a Nursing course.

I work on the Autism unit at The Woodhouse and our Service Users like structure and routine so each day is pretty rigid with times for activities and meals etc. but for the staff, our days are never the same!

The most rewarding thing about my job is helping people to achieve their potential and enabling them to live their life to the fullest. This can be something really small but it makes me feel so happy when the people we support achieve something new or overcome something that was causing them a lot of anxiety.

At the moment I’m working on a transition for one of my Service Users who has been with us nearly five years and helping him to move into the community with more independence, which is something I never thought we would see! It will be a lengthy transition but I’m really excited to see him move on into his own house!

Rachel Warrilow, Charge Nurse at The Woodhouse