Carole Butler, the new Home Manager at Amberwood House in Ferndown, spent 20 years as a civilian nurse providing support to the Ministry of Defence, here and in Germany.
She was promoted to the post of Senior Nursing Officer for the Royal Marines and Special Forces, based in Poole where she still lives.
Carole, who moved into nursing homes management four years ago, feels that working for the military gave her a unique opportunity to see team work at its best. She said: “It’s all about building a strong, confident team who feel valued, cared for, well supported and empowered. I’m taking the same approach here at Amberwood House.”
Her other main aim is to promote a ‘family’ feel. “I want to ensure our residents always feel loved, safe and secure and for their families to feel reassured that we are caring for their loved ones just as they would wish.”
As well as her professional nursing qualifications, Carole has bachelor degrees in psychology and advanced nursing practice and a masters in clinical governance, clinical leadership and change management.
Asked for her initial impressions of Amberwood, Carole said: “It has a lovely feel and atmosphere. Everyone has been so welcoming and kind. It’s like a home from home for me as well as the residents.”