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Maria Bell

Maria Bell

Care Home Nurse

Meet Maria, an RMR nurse from Kincardine who has mastered the work/life balance and dreams of seeing her name in lights. Pop the kettle on and enjoy this short interview.

How many years have you been nursing?

I qualified in 1976 from what was then known as the Falkirk and Stirling School of Nursing. In my career I’ve worked in midwifery, intensive care, health visiting and policy writing, and at each stage have enjoyed every second of being hands on in nursing.

Which three words describe you best?

Adventurous, empathetic and kind. One of my patients calls me a ‘Warrior of Kindness’ which is lovely, and I believe it’s a quality all nurses have.

What’s it like working for RMR?

I was always a bit daunted by the thought of working for an agency but hand on heart I can say that it’s proven to be a brilliant move for me. I’ve found that my confidence has grown significantly, and I really enjoy the team spirit at RMR. I choose to work 2 or 3 shifts per week. I only want to work day shifts and that is respected. When I visit the office everyone is really friendly, they know my name and I feel valued and supported. Its simple things like a ‘thank you’ in a response email or text and quick replies to any questions I have that make a big difference. The communication is excellent.

RMR give me the flexibility to continue nursing, earn a great salary, and have plenty of time to invest in my hobbies and adventures!

What made you choose working in a care home?

I spent 10 years working in Canada, but I missed Scotland so returned home 4 years ago and began working in a care home. It was there that I met RMR nurses and decided to look into job opportunities with the agency. Working in a care home can be challenging but I like to live in the moment and it gives me the opportunity to utilise all my expertise and knowledge. An important part of my job is getting to know the teams of carers as it’s the best way to understand the needs of the patients. In all the nursing roles I’ve had I think sharing kindness is my favourite part; a little kindness can make a huge difference to how a patient feels.

Outside of work how do you spend your time?

I’m studying film and TV acting part-time and I absolutely love it. I’m also really interested in Mindfulness and I practice daily meditation. One of my sons live in Edinburgh and we spend time together trying out new things like visiting the theatre or a castle or going to a restaurant. I’m a big fan of people watching so I like hanging out in coffee shops and watching the world go by.

What tune is guaranteed to get you on the dance floor?

Ike and Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits. I really love a boogie, I was dancing along to the radio this morning when I was doing the housework.

Have you ever taken advantage of RMR’s refer a friend scheme?

Not yet but I will! I’m in this job because RMR was recommended to me so it makes sense to pass that opportunity to others who may be considering a change. The hours really are flexible, the people are lovely, the pay is great and Martin, who does the training, makes it a fun experience. My advice to anyone considering applying would be to go for it!

RMR is recruiting for nursing and healthcare positions across Scotland. If you’d like to find out more simply contact us or call your nearest office on 0141 473 5620 or 0131 226 9670.

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