1. Nursing can be a very emotionally challenging profession. Do you have any advice on coping with distressing incidents?
I always find it helpful when I talk through what has happened. I don't have to mention anybody involved specifically, but just going through the scenario with someone and voicing what's on my mind helps a lot.
2. Who have you learnt most from during you nursing career and why?
That's a difficult question because learning is always on-going for me, so I try to learn and take something from everyone I work with. This could range from learning best practice to learning how not to behave.
3. What is the best thing about working on an agency basis?
Flexibility and choice. I get to choose where and when to work.
4. If you could do one thing to improve patient care what would it be?
I would provide enough staff on wards. I find that when I work on wards that have a good or acceptable patient:nurse ratio, patients always get the best care because the nurses take time to complete tasks rather that rush from one patient to the next.
5. Do you have any advice for anyone studying at the moment?
Ask as many questions as you want while on placement, there's no such thing as a stupid question; and never get too comfortable and think that you know everything because there's always something new to learn.
6. What do you do outside of work to relax?
Honestly, apart from treating myself to a takeaway :) (that is so relaxing, take it from the expert) I chat with friends and loved ones, listen to music, watch my favorite TV programs etc.
7. What is your long term ambition?
To become my own boss
8. What is the most valuable piece of advice you have ever been given in building your expertise?
Use every experience as a learning curve.
9. Day shift or night shift? Why?
Day shift all the way because I find it difficult to sleep during the day, though waking up in the morning is a problem too.
10. What steps have you initiated yourself to build your knowledge?
I try to attend in-house training wherever possible while on different wards. I've also applied for some continuing professional development courses.
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