In Conversation with Shauna Sabatini McAuley CNM2 (Bluebird Care Athlone)

Shauna Sabatini McAuley

CNM2 – Bluebird Care Athlone
3 Years with Bluebird Care

Can you give us an outline of what your current role involves?

My role as CNM2 involves leading a team of nurses and health care assistants in the Athlone franchise . I oversee all clinical aspects of the service with the support of my colleagues in our office and our head office in Limerick. My role involves assessing customer care needs, development of person-centred care plans, and reviewing care improvement plans on a regular basis. I guide and direct care practice within my local franchise and I am very committed in the training and development with our staff.

Tell us a little bit about your nursing career to date?

I qualified as a registered nurse from the AIT in Athlone. I gained experience in a regional hospital immediately post qualification. It was there that I developed an acute interest in medical nursing and gerontology and proceeded to enhance this by moving to position in a local nursing home. This led me to find my passion which was caring for older persons. I consolidated my experience by completing an SPA in gerontology, in addition to a QQI qualification in leadership and management. My career then took me to a larger nursing home in Co. Galway where I began my nurse management journey. In 2016 I joined Bluebird Care as a Clinical Nurse Manager 2 as I began to appreciate the importance of caring for people within their own homes and I wanted to develop her experience in this emerging area of practice. I am passionate about supporting individuals who wish to remain in their own homes and community where possible.

Did you always want to be a nurse?

Since I can remember

I had an uncle who sadly died from oesophageal cancer and that had a big impact on my decision to become a nurse. I became aware of the importance of care and nursing to an individual and their families.

Tell us how you came to work in Bluebird Care?

I was recruited by the local franchise owner in the early development stages, and I was keen to get involved in this new and exciting project. I have been involved with Bluebird Care for three years and have found it to be a great place to work, no two days are the same, there is huge variety of work and the people I work with are really good people.

Tell us what its like to work as a Nurse in Bluebird?

Bluebird Care is a nurse led organisation and it is reassuring to have the support of your nursing colleagues both locally and at senior management level. I enjoy working as a part of the Bluebird Care nursing network which is a great peer support system. There is great diversity in the profile of the customers we care for and I remember at one point our youngest client was three weeks old and our eldest client was 100 years old. There are few other jobs where this might be the case.! A large element of my role involves the training and development of our staff and I have had the opportunity to complete many train the trainer courses during my time with Bluebird Care.

What does a normal day with Bluebird Care look like for you?

Every day is so different, no two days are the same. As a CNM2 I work autonomously which gives me the freedom to decide my priorities and how I organise my time effectively. Some days I may spend my time conducting customer care assessments for new referrals others day can be spent training, supporting junior staff, recruitment or completing clinical updates. As a CNM2, my priority will always the provision of safe, quality care for all customers.

What do you enjoy about working for Bluebird Care?

What I most enjoy are the new things I learn every day. I have become very knowledgeable about the community sector and the many organisations, both statutory and voluntary who we work closely with in supporting people to be cared for in their home. I feel that I have grown and developed as a person and as a clinical manager since coming to Bluebird Care. I am also very fortunate to work with a superb CNM1 and we work very well together. I have come to appreciate the highly skilled the care assistants, co-ordinators and other team members who all gel together to provide a very effective and efficient service. We have lots of laughs and there is a very good atmosphere in the team which is really important to staff morale and wellbeing.

What skills have you learnt/strengthened whilst working in Bluebird Care?

I have strengthened my management and leadership skills. I have expanded my knowledge and understanding of disability services as my previous experience was more focused on older people’s services. Most recently I have had the opportunity to become involved in complex care cases and with the support of our clinical team in head office I have been able to enhance my own skills in this aspect of the service.

Where would you like to be in 5yrs time?

I will be happy if I am still part of Bluebird Care.