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.
9 February 2019
It would be worrying if I said that practice wasn’t my favourite element of nurse training. In order to work effectively in a real hospital ward, undertaking some basic skills in the safety of the university skills lab have proved invaluable. Read more…
14 January 2019
Whilst many of us spend Christmas day by the lovely warm fireplace, opening lots of presents and smelling the turkey cooking in the oven, hundreds of children and young people face being in hospital. They battle a range of complex illnesses and new challenges… Read more…