8 December 2014
The first time I scrubbed can be noted as 18 November 2014 at 9.30am. It came as a complete shock (the scrub nurse simply asked if I wanted to be involved) but I’m so glad I ‘got it over and done with’.
The successful part was I didn’t de-sterilise myself (my biggest fear) or get in the way, even if I was so tense with fear I ended up with cramp in my shoulder. It’s strange how aware you become of an itchy ear when you can’t touch it; I’m sure I have never even felt my ears attached to my head before. The second time I scrubbed, I even passed ONE instrument and performed all the counts for a tray of instruments.
It is a real sign of how supportive the team I work with really are. I was petrified of scrubbing for the first time and would never have volunteered for it so quickly, but now I won’t shy away. Although I was under supervision the whole time I didn’t feel like someone was breathing down my neck which cut my nerves in half. The surgeon was excellent at pointing out bodily structures (three or four times) in a sea of pale pink, and the circulating team were fantastic at sorting out the mess in my head when I couldn’t remember which dissecting forceps was which.
I can’t wait for the next opportunity.
15 August 2017
Looking back upon the last ten months, it is truly astonishing how far my cohort has come. I feel it is a testament to the fantastic lectures and tutors at ARU just how much we've learnt and developed since we began the course. Read more…
11 August 2017
For my final night shift on placement with London Ambulance Service, I was with the Joint Response Unit (JRU). It's a branch off special operations where a paramedic will only respond to police-generated calls and requests, as well as uncovered, emergency 'Red 1' call-outs. Read more…