Critical care as an NQN: The pros and the cons.

Nine months ago I nervously but excitedly went to work or the first time in my new job as a newly qualified staff nurse in critical care. Whilst a student weighing up my options for my first job, I was frequently offered conflicting advice from already qualified nurses; some saying to get more experience on the wardsContinue reading “Critical care as an NQN: The pros and the cons.”

It takes a family: critical care and Covid-19

FAMILY   /   noun  :  “a group of people from a common stock”                                   “ a group of one or more … living together as a unit” TEAM   /  noun  :   “two or more people working together” Team   / verb  :     “come togetherContinue reading “It takes a family: critical care and Covid-19”

My support network

Last weekend, in the early hours of the morning, at the end of a lovely night shift, a patient in my care died. Now, I know we’ve all experienced a patient dying at some point, we’ve all jumped into action at the sound of the emergency alarm. But this was different because this was MYContinue reading “My support network”

Changing roles as a newly registered nurse…

My name is Dawn Marr and I am a Newly Qualified Mental Health Nurse, I qualified in September 2019. I started my Nursing career within a low-secure forensic ward. I had spent time within this environment as a student and it really intrigued me, the amount of time that staff had available to spent timeContinue reading “Changing roles as a newly registered nurse…”

An ideal transition…

So, it’s here, you’re doing it, your last placement as a student. I had worried a lot beforehand that I needed to know everything by the end of this placement, and that I would be ‘good enough’, not only for the team, but for my own expectations. But that first day in blues came around,Continue reading “An ideal transition…”