29th February 2016 Written by By Janet MacKrell, Health Care support worker and secretary to the Urology Department, Glangwili Hospital

Image: Janet Mackrell.Like most people, I work to earn a living, however, unlike most people, I am lucky enough to have a fulfilling and worthwhile job.  My job is split between two different roles but these converge when it comes to administration from the clinic.

My first career was as a secretary starting from when I left school in 1978.  I enjoyed my job but there was always something missing. In 2004 and aged 42, I joined Hywel Dda as a bank Nursing Auxiliary working all over the hospital.  Eventually I settled on a role in the surgical directorate but with the reorganisation of this, I found myself working in the urology department.

I quickly realised that I was very interested in Urology work and found myself studying independently with the Open University gaining a level 3 certificates in health and social care.  I then applied to start my Band 4 nurse training at Swansea University and completed the first 2 modules.  During this time I was working with the urology nurse specialists in the One Stop PSA Clinic and when an opportunity opened for a urology secretary, I went for it. Juggling my time between the two enabled me to combine my skills as both a secretary and as a nurse.

I am lucky in that I follow my patients through the clinic and also map their results and their follow up appointments.  I get a huge amount of satisfaction in my dual role and also receive positive feedback from patients who I have cared for in the clinic.

In the future I am hopeful of having the opportunity to complete my Band 4 nurse training which will give me the opportunity to further develop my career.

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