Working in the community means you can develop strong relationships with people

Sian Jones, mentor for Community Health Studies District Nursing

Sian Jones is the District Nurse Team Leader for Powys Teaching Health Board and one of the mentors who provides support to students on the BSc (Hons) Community Health Studies District Nursing course whilst on placement. 

"I have been a nurse for 35 years. I'm responsible for ensuring my team deliver care in the community to patients with a range of nursing needs such as chronic disease management, palliative care, wound management and continence care.

"The best part of my job is providing care and support to patients and their families, either in their home or at our clinic.

"Working within the community enables you to develop strong relationships with people over time, especially when providing palliative care.

"Community nursing provides greater autonomy for patients and involves working in partnership with them to find and agree a solution that suits them. 

"The patients my team care for are generally older adults with one or more chronic conditions. As we’re based in a rural area, a number of our patients are from farming backgrounds which makes life interesting when visiting them in their homes.

"We also provide care at the Powys Health and Social Care Unit which provides twenty-four hour care for twelve residents for up to six weeks. In addition we also provide a treatment clinic and an evening service for all of mid-Powys on a part-time basis.

"Working with students from the district nursing course is very rewarding as you see them develop their confidence in their ability to manage their time and care for their patients."