Why Marie Stopes UK
Teresa says it was her experiences while studying that first inspired her to pursue a career supporting women's reproductive health:
"During my first year placement as a student nurse I was on a gynaecology ward working on termination of pregnancy, miscarriage, and gynaecological procedures. It was this experience that triggered my passion; it was a big learning experience for me.
"The work had a high level of intensity and the women I met were going through such a vulnerable time. When I moved into my second year of studies this experience from my first year stayed with me. So, when I saw a job vacancy at Marie Stopes UK I knew that I wanted to apply.
"I started working at Marie Stopes One Call as a healthcare assistant while I was still a student nurse. I liked the focus on sexual and reproductive health. A woman’s ability to have children by choice not chance, that was something that I felt passionate about before and have continued to be ever since.
"When I qualified as a registered nurse (and after I came back from maternity leave) I was promoted to the nurse advisor role.
"When a GP refers a woman to Marie Stopes UK services it goes through to One Call. The initial consultations with the woman wanting support and appointment information are done over phone. I support the advisors. When a client’s call goes to the Clinical Referral Team, as registered nurses we have our part to play. I collect notes from GPs, follow up with clients, and perform welfare checks and medical checks. I give advice on pre and post-abortion care, and guidance on sexual health and contraception.
"It’s important to have empathy for clients and to have an understanding of what they are going through. On the telephone all you have is tone of voice and the words you are using. Gut instinct is important as you are speaking to women and men on the phone. As a nurse you use other skills you build up over time and judge what you think is happening."