Lockdown Life Lessons

Lockdown Life Lessons

My career has never been a secret to anyone that follows EVO VN and so I thought I would the opportunity to fill you all in on the exciting new role I have recently undertaken and also the lockdown life lessons I’ve learnt so far this month.

During my time, over 10 years, at NDSR I had many hats. I was a rotating nurse and then a static wards nurse. Being the first static nurse is still my claim to fame lol. After some time, I shed my green and went from a training position into Clinical Services Manager. This was quite a broad role and included prepping for PSS Awards, Inductions, SOPs, Quality Improvement and helping maintain clinical standards.

My role was interesting and varied but thinking we weren’t going to be able to start a family (more on that later) I started thinking about the next step in my career. I don’t like standing still and I once saw someone on the train with the job title ‘Head of innovation’. To me that sounded like the best job ever! Constantly moving, thinking of new things and chasing the next big thing. However, I digress.

What make me take the leap?

When I saw a role advertised working for Linnaeus the idea of being able to have a bigger impact was exciting. Working for someone I admired greatly and for a company I already knew. To me it was a no brainer and I was ready for a challenge. I was successful! I won’t bore you with interview details other than they are blooming scary when you’ve not done them for ages.

Then came the very sad job of handing in my notice, well sort of. I still do 1 day a week for NDSR which up till COVID-19 was the perfect balance of office working and working from home. Now it’s all up in the air. Between accepting the new role and starting I found out I was pregnant. A HUGE shock. Yes, I know how babies are made but let’s just say when you have endometriosis, a history of early menopause in your family and you’ve been trying for 5 years to suddenly discover that you are indeed growing a small human is quite overwhelming.

This isn’t a pregnancy blog though, unless anyone want’s one, so let’s move on. Being pregnant during a pandemic isn’t ideal. Far from it. You are suddenly labelled high risk and instructed to see no one and go nowhere – oh other than the hospital which is now a terrifying place to visit. Because of this I’m advised not to go into NDSR and work from home. Prior to this all kicking off we were already being advised to not go and see large groups of people. The writing was on the wall.

Safe at home but needing to be sociable

So, the original plan was to be visiting practices, building up bonds onsite, seeing FE and HE education establishments and attending congresses. Promoting and shouting about our exciting new programme that Sophie and I are developing. Instead we are limited to email and Teams meetings. Our jobs have suddenly become challenging in way we weren’t expecting. We are needing to put creative hats on and think outside the box. We are getting there but if I have learnt anything during this lockdown it’s that I NEED human interaction.

I am a surprisingly social person; I like being there face to face and seeing people. Please don’t think this is a pity post, my heart goes out to all the keyworkers and everyone whose lives have been turned upside down. This is a very scary time to live but for the moment my friends and family are all safe and healthy. I have a job, a baby on the way and currently my husband isn’t buried under the shed…so all is good!

Plus, I have discovered I am surrounded by an incredible team. Honestly, they have all been incredible and together we are figuring this out. Hopefully I have got you pondering what the exciting program that Sophie and I are creating is and I’ll reveal all in the next blog post.

Lockdown Life Lessons:

  • I am someone who needs and enjoys human interaction!
  • Being a full time stay at home mum isn’t fo rme!
  • I actaully quite like going for long walks and exploring
  • I have the BEST team mates
  • Yoga keeps me sane
  • So do the horses and the yard.

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