Lisa Money, staff nurse on ICU and captain of NDHT’s South West NHS Military Challenge team 2018, answers questions on behalf of the team – Georgie Waldron, ICU nurse; Diana Pascal, Staff Bank nurse; Donna Knight, divisional nurse planned care; Nancy Wall, ICU healthcare assistant; Tara Edwards, ICU and surgery physiotherapist; Bogdan Birjega, Staff Bank nurse; Emma Prendergast, Day Surgery Unit nurse; and Steph Harris, ICU senior sister.
What do you do for the Trust?
I am a staff nurse on the Intensive Care Unit at NDDH. I am a blood champion and tissue viability champion. I regularly work extra shifts on the wards, picking up extra shifts when the hospital needs me. The provision and delivery of healthcare in the military is something I have a genuine interest in, and I was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to captain our Military Challenge Team.
The annual challenge gives NHS staff a taste of what it takes to be a Reservist in the Army Medical Corps, and all trusts across the South West are invited to take part. There were various tasks the teams had to complete, including caring for casualties in a simulated battlefield situation. The event was held at Okehampton Army Barracks in September 2018.
What makes you proud of your work?
I am immensely proud of the work that we all do as an NHS team – knowing that we can and do make a positive difference to people’s lives is a real achievement. Changing the outcome of situations and supporting patients and their families through often difficult and trying times is always something to be proud of.
What was your highlight of 2018?
As a team completing the military challenge, learning about ourselves and realising how very capable and strong we are, both individually and as a team.
Top tip for a great Christmas?
Enjoy the small things, make time for the ones you love and above all, be kind to yourself.