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Jade Thorne

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I have been a diabetes nurse specialist since 2013 and have been working in London hospitals for the last 4 years. This was a great opportunity for me to develop skills among a diverse group of patients -  delivering type 1 and type 2 diabetes education, educating other medical professionals and caring for people with diabetes, diabetic foot, transition care, insulin pump therapy and outpatient clinics.  I have recently published a case study in the Journal of Prescribing Practice on diabetes management in women who also had depression. 

Last year I went to Ethiopia with the charity Wings of Healing to treat patients and to teach nurses how best to provide diabetes care.  It was an eye-opening experience which highlighted how we can deliver great care even with limited resources if you understand who you are treating and think and act innovatively.  The lack of basic facilities was more than made up for by the dedicated team working in the hospital who were keen to develop new skills and knowledge to ensure that they provided the highest level of care possible.

I have developed resources and supported outreach services including care of the diabetic foot, substance misuse, mental health and learning disabilities services. I’m good at relating to younger patients and those with challenging behaviours of whom diabetic control can be particularly challenging to sustain. And it’s this ability to listen and take my patient’s point of view which ensures we deliver each person’s needs.

At Reset Health I love helping people take control of their health, improve their overall well-being and avoid the complications of diabetes and other metabolic conditions that I know so well.

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The Guardian, 19 May 2020

“I have honestly never been more proud to be a nurse,” Jade Thorne, 29, a senior diabetes specialist nurse, said after spending the most traumatic few weeks of her life tending to Covid-19 patients in two London hospitals. Her last shift at the Nightingale hospital was on 4 May. Nursing, for her, was always a vocation: “I have never, ever, wanted to do anything else...

...She did witness a patient successfully transition off a ventilator on her last shift at the Nightingale hospital at London’s ExCeL centre.

The patient was under light sedation. Thorne played Gujarati chants from a computer, then shouted out the one Gujarati phrase she knew: “Kem cho? Majama?” (roughly: “How are you, all fine?”).

The man opened his eyes. Subsequently, his condition improved and he could be extubated, the result of a team effort, where, during the Covid crisis, nurses have come together.

“We have been brave and tried to adapt our profession, supporting and teaching each other to get through this … we’d look into each other’s eyes to give each other strength.”

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