When you go through Transition you meet A LOT of new people but we think two deserve a special introduction, Jan & Lynda are the special transition nurses at the Royal.
We got them to sit down and answer a few important questions:
Name: Jan Gordon
Official title: Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinical Nurse Specialist
Biggest fear: Giving a talk to a big crowd and losing my voice! (It’s happened) Also SPIDERS!! Yuck
Dream job: This job, of course. Best EVER!
Strange fact about yourself: I parachuted out of a small aircraft at 2000 ft, the parachute got tangled, didn’t open soon enough, and I ended up in hospital with incredibly just minor injuries….
If you were 15 again what is one piece of advice you wish you knew: “Don’t sweat the small stuff”
Name: Lynda Briggs
Official title: ACHD Clinical Nurse Specialist
Biggest fear: Definitely heights. If you ever find yourself bedside me on a long flight ask to move seats!
Dream job: Obviously the job I am doing… but my real dream would be to run an animal rescue centre which would take in both domestic and wild animals for rehoming, rehabilitation and releasing. I just need to win the lottery first to make it happen.
Strange fact about yourself: I certainly have a few unique skills. When I was 16 I attended circus training classes and learnt to unicycle, stilt walk, and juggle!
If you were 15 again what is one piece of advice you wish you knew:
Don’t worry so much and don’t hold on to regrets. Teenage years are such a hard time trying to find your path and where you fit in. I often found myself worrying about school, exams, careers, relationships and having regrets for decisions I made or perhaps didn’t make. Surround yourself with great friends and family for support and you can get through anything. Even the negative experiences can help to shape you into a stronger, better person.