FRANCE, Nathalie


Sep 24, 2020


What is your job title?

Care Pathway Coordinator - Oncology Associate

At which Ramsay site do you work?

Hôpital Privé de Villeneuve d’Ascq (Hauts-de-France), France

For how long have you worked at Ramsay Santé?

Since 1989

Why did you choose this job?

Since high school, I knew I wanted to work in the medical-social field. I was naturally open to others. Listening and caring, these words resonate for me. So I chose to pursue nursing studies. My first job was in surgery. After about twenty years, I moved into to an executive position, in surgical departments. I really enjoyed this job, because of the close relationship with the teams, but also for the sense of organisation and coordination that develops. I did miss the direct contact and “taking care” of patients, though. So I took a job as Care Pathway Coordinating Nurse in oncology, which I have been doing since 2016, and where I found the balance I was looking for.

What is your favourite thing about being a midwife?

I have a special role in the oncology patient care pathway because I’m the main point of contact for the patient and his/her loved ones during treatment, but also after treatment is stopped (up to 6 months). There are several essential stages as part of my daily tasks, which ensure that treatment is personalized. After assessing the patient’s needs during an interview, they are directed towards the various support disciplines (psychologist, social worker, dietician, enterostomal therapist, etc.) which ensures they receive the relevant treatment and support. The collaboration between the various treatment disciplines, consultants (with whom communication is essential) and the supportive care team plays an integral role in “taking care” of cancer patients. Part of my job also involves suggesting other care and additional activities, such as cosmetic and hair workshops, art therapy, sophrology etc.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I would like to do more work outside the hospital. I really enjoy the external workshops, such as those at the museum. The white coat is gone, the illness seems to be suspended, everything is up for discussion... It’s a moment of respite during a very intense time, and is a real breath of fresh air for patients, and boosts their well-being.