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Lorraine's story - Children's community nurse

Lorraine - Clinical Team Coordinator, Children's Community Nursing

It was a long held ambition of mine to be a Children’s Community Nurse since spending time with the Team as a student Nurse.  I am now fortunate enough to have worked within the CCN Team for 9 years now, and continue to love the role.

I have developed from a Band 5 Children’s Community Nurse, to a Band 6 Senior Children’s Community Nurse and spent a year completing the Specialist Practitioner in CCN course at University of Southampton.  I am currently seconded to a Band 7 Clinical Team Co-ordinator for the CCN Team.

The role of the CCN is a very varied role and involves meeting children and families from all walks of life, and with a wide range of illnesses and conditions, including;

  • Children with disabilities and complex needs including those who are technology dependent
  • Children with cancer
  • Children with short term conditions e.g. acutely unwell children
  • Children requiring IV antibiotics (both short and long term)
  • Children with wounds
  • Children requiring care at end of life

Children can prefer to be treated in their own home as it is a familiar environment for them.  Research also shows that children can do better when cared for at home.  We are a small, friendly team and also offer opportunities for student nurses to have a placement with us. 

Being a CCN is a very varied role and has challenges including clinical decision making on your own.   We also liaise within the multi-disciplinary teams and attend meetings, child protection conferences and study days.  It is an absolute privilege to nurse children in the homes, and we build up good professional relationships with not only the patient, but their family as well. 

I consider myself very lucky to have my job, as I absolutely love what I do.