Throughout my rotation so far in the Emergency Department I have put myself well out of my comfort zone to learn new things. This rotation has helped me put into perspective the idea of holistic care and how to think critically. Along the way I have also been maintaining time for myself to ensure I am looking after my wellbeing.
At the beginning of this rotation I felt quite nervous due to feeling like my nursing skills were not thorough enough for the emergency department. However, I’ve kept at it by giving everything a go. I now feel confident with my venepuncture skills and cannulation. Although at times I don’t always succeed, the main thing I have learnt so far from this rotation is that nursing is all about working together as a team to ensure patients are receiving the best care possible suitable to their needs.
I have also been involved in many MET calls (when vital signs fall outside of range). Some of these I find confronting at times, especially seeing family members upset still to this day is what I find to be the hardest part of nursing. Finding the right words to say and comforting people makes me feel very uncomfortable as I don’t want to say the wrong thing. I have learnt to remember if it were me in the same situation, I would want a nurse to just be present with me and explain to me what is going on in the emergency situation. During these met calls I have been allocated the job as the ‘scribe’ which documents everything which has occurred, such as what medication was administered, who was present and patient observations. This can often get very busy and requires me to speak up most of the time to ensure nothing gets missed. Sometimes a MET call can go on for hours and often means I don’t get a dinner break. I find it hard to work through a whole shift without a tea break as I get quite fatigued easily, but as a nurse you must be there for the patients when they need you the most.
Overall, I have been able to nurse a variety of patients ranging from young babies, children, adolescents, adults, elderly, pregnant women and mental health patients. I never thought I would see myself working in this type of environment, but so far, I love it. It is very rewarding and everyday is always different. I enjoy coming into work and not knowing what the day or night may bring. When I drive home, I feel like I have accomplished something and then look forward to going back to work the next day. It makes a huge difference in your wellbeing when you enjoy the job you do.
To maintain my wellbeing, I have been making sure I get outdoors more and doing the things I love. On most days off I will go motorbike riding and just let the wind rush across my face. Not only is this a great stress relief but gives me a huge adrenaline rush which I sometimes need to boost my energy levels up again. I have also been trying to get back to nature by going on small hikes with my house mate. We have been out to Wilson Prom and tomorrow we will go out to Den of Nargun to have a look at some waterfalls. I also took my new triton out for a test drive in the snow for the very first time. It was a very fun day had by all. Slowly overtime my health has been improving as I have been setting goals to exercise at least five times per week. I think it is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so I can provide the best nursing care.
From my graduate year so far, I have found what I believe to be my sense of belonging. My new goal I have set myself for my nursing career is to build my skills up, ensuring I have good advanced life support skills and communication skills so I can become a bush nurse in the Northern Territory. It will be a great experience and I get to see more of this beautiful country we live in.