Petra Russell

Nominated for Nursing Lifetime Achievement

Works at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

“This year Petra retired from her role as an oncology specialist nurse.
She has for many years provided care to patients in the home and on the wards. She develops excellent relationships with the whole family at a time when they are struggling with a potentially life altering diagnosis. She puts her patients first, being their advocate, helping them to communicate their needs to their family, linking in to schools so that young patients can attend, maintain links with their friends in a safe way. When possible Petra along with the team administer as much treatment as possible at home, as well as blood tests so that her patients do not need to attend Derriford. Petra has been there right at the end of her patients life, and I know that her kindness, empathy, understanding means so much to the parents. She will help support them right to the end no matter what the time is and afterwards. So that their child’s passing is as peaceful as possible respecting their beliefs, allowing them to grieve and express their emotions freely.
Petra has supported the ward staff in developing skills in providing the care that these patients need. She works with junior staff, and as part of the team would come in at the weekend to support the administration of chemo when the staffing skill mix is an issue. Petra is always happy to answer questions and support the development of new practice that can enhance care.
As part of the Oncology team Petra has worked with many MDT members, supporting them and also interested in learning from them as well, so that patients care can be the best it can be. She has high standards of practice, and embodies all the principles of practice within her practice.
Since retiring Petra has returned for NHSP shifts, continuing to support staff, sharing her expertise and caring for patients.

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