Sharon's story

Sharon always had a passion to work with children so she studied childcare at school and then completed a college course. Her current nursing role as a healthcare support worker sees her working in the Newborn Hearing Screening team at Public Health Wales where she has been for 15 years.

“This is my first role in nursing” says Sharon, “when this Senior Screener job came up I jumped at the chance and I’ve been here ever since.”

Sharon performs hearing screenings in hospitals, clinics and out in the community on new born babies under 6 weeks old, ensuring any hearing problems are picked up quickly and diagnosed.

“I love the job because it’s different every day and I meet lots of new people. I love working with these little newborns, it’s a lovely job.”

Sharon was nominated for a Cavell Star Award by her colleagues for going above and beyond for her patients. Sian Bolton, Acting Exec Director of Quality, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals at Public Health Wales explains,

“Sharon is a passionate and enthusiastic member of the newborn hearing screening team and always willing to go the extra mile for her patients. She is thorough and dedicated to quickly detecting any hearing problems her newborn patients may have. She’s always aware of safeguarding issues whether on the ward or out in the community. Sharon is such a vital part of the team.”

Sharon reacted to winning her Cavell Star Award,

“It’s absolutely brilliant! I didn’t expect it at all. It was really nice to have that support from everyone. My nursing team mean everything to me. It’s a really good team and we work well together. I’m proud to be part of the newborn hearing screening team.”

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