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Nurse of the Month: Seanin Traynor

You don't have to be a nursing leader to be a star!

For September our Nurse of the Month is Seanin Traynor, 30, from Armagh Northern Ireland. She had been working as a nurse for over seven years when sadly she was attacked by a patient just over a year ago. But her strong, positive attitude and love of helping people she is already back at work and raring to go.

Read more about Seanin below. 

1. What inspired you to become a nurse?

I actually always wanted to be a lawyer but at 16 I got a job in the local nursing home and I loved it! Then when I was 18 my granda took ill. I delayed going to university to look after him, and during this time I had the opportunity to go for an interview for a place to complete my nursing studies - I got it! At the age of 19 I moved to London to start a diploma in nursing and have continued studying since then. I haven't ever really looked back.

2. How do you start your day every morning?

Most days I'm up early to take my dog Rosie for a walk then it's off to work.

3. What do you most enjoy about your job?

The thing I enjoy most is the great team work and friendship within my team. It's what keeps me going. I also love being able to help and the feeling that I am making a difference to people's lives and their experience of the health care system. 

You have to have a caring nature to do this job - which I feel I do - so it makes it easier.

4. What is the most challenging part of your job?

Not everyone can be on top of the world all the time. Some days it's hard to leave things at the front door before starting a shift. 

Since I was attacked it has been a challenge to go to work but at the minute I'm overcoming it.

5. Do you think more could be done to help support nurses and midwives?

Yes. I feel that managers need to realise that they were once junior midwives/staff members and they need to consider how they felt when in that position. They also need to realise that people do have a life outside of work and there may be other things going on that can affect work life.

6. What do you do to unwind after a day at work?

Enjoy spending time with my husband when I get home. Though sometimes I'll call my supervisor to talk through my day and any problems I've encountered and I also unwind with my colleagues. 

7. Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

In five years' time I'd like to have moved further up the career ladder though I'm sure that's what everyone says! 

I'm pretty happy with life at the minute as long as I know I'm helping people and making a different to their life I'll be happy.