International Nurses Day

Interview with Vicky Major, Service Manager and Independent Nurse Prescriber

International Nurses Day
To celebrate international nurses day, our Recovery Champion Michelle Scott interviewed Vicky Major our Service Manager and Nurse Prescriber about her role as a nurse in the substance misuse field.

Michelle was interested to hear about Vicky’s career to date and what led her to the substance misuse field.

Vicky told me that she qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1984 and worked in a range of hospital and community based settings before embarking on her career as a substance misuse nurse in 2000. She came across the role by accident, however has found this to be an area she loves working in and can’t see ever leaving. Her passion for wanting to make a difference to people’s lives is what keeps her going.  Her first role was a harm reduction nurse promoting hepatitis B vaccination and blood borne virus screening. This allowed Vicky to gain valuable experience of substance misuse issues whilst utilising her nursing skills. She worked across a needle exchange and drug treatment service before moving to South Tyneside. Here she developed her skills further as both a team manager and nurse, providing psycho social interventions to support recovery from both drug and alcohol addiction, as well as clinical interventions such as alcohol detoxification and health promotion.

Vicky qualified as an Independent Non-Medical Prescriber in 2014. First Contact Clinical supported this providing exceptional in-house training to support the academic requirements of the course and on-going medical mentorship from our Clinical Governance Lead Dr Deborah Wilmot. Vicky told me this is her biggest achievement as a nurse and a part of her role she really loves. She feels lucky to be part of a multidisciplinary team who work together to provide the highest level of care and treatment for our service users, and whilst proud to be a nurse celebrating International Nurses Day, couldn’t do the role without the support from a wider multi-disciplined team and our service users and volunteers.