Recite Me

Our Nurses. Our Future: Millie Settle, Community Learning Disabilities Nurse

As I sit down to reflect on my journey as a nurse, I can't help but feel a deep sense of privilege. Being a nurse isn't just a job to me; it's a calling, a vocation that brings immense fulfilment and purpose to my life.

Millie is a Community Learning Disabilities Nurse working in the Northern Learning Disabilities team, this is her story…

For almost five years now, I’ve had the honour of being a community learning disability nurse. It’s a role that’s as diverse as it is rewarding, allowing me to work with physical and mental health, while tirelessly advocating for health promotion and reducing barriers to healthcare access.

So, what does a nurse mean to me? It means being a beacon of hope, a source of comfort, and a relentless champion for those in need. It’s about lending a compassionate ear, holding a trembling hand, and walking alongside individuals and families during their most vulnerable moments.

You might wonder what drew me to specialise in this field of nursing. Well, it’s something that’s been ingrained in me since the beginning. I’ve always had a passion for helping those with learning disabilities, and becoming a learning disability nurse felt like the most natural path for me to pursue.

Throughout my career, I’ve learned many valuable lessons, but perhaps none more significant than resilience. Nursing is not for the faint of heart; it demands strength, perseverance, and unwavering determination in the face of adversity.

Looking ahead, I see a myriad of challenges looming on the horizon for nurses. The pressures on our healthcare systems are mounting, and it’s becoming increasingly vital for us to navigate these times with grace and poise.

But amidst the challenges, there’s also excitement for the future of nursing. The unknown holds endless possibilities, and I’m eager to see how our profession will continue to evolve and adapt to meet the ever-changing needs of our society.

Reflecting on the biggest change I’ve witnessed during my time as a nurse, there’s no doubt that Covid-19 stands out. The pandemic has fundamentally altered the way we approach healthcare delivery, forcing us to rethink our strategies and embrace innovation like never before.

So, what can we do to effect positive change in nursing? It starts with supporting our healthcare systems, advocating for better resources, and prioritizing the well-being of both patients and practitioners alike.

As for me, nursing has always been my one true calling. I’ve never once considered a different career path because, for me, there’s nothing more fulfilling than the privilege of being able to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter how small.

If I were to offer one piece of advice to those embarking on their nursing journey, it would be this: Don’t give up. Nursing is a demanding profession, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. So, persevere through the challenges, lean on your colleagues for support, and never lose sight of the incredible impact you have the power to make.