17 Minutes

During a recent in-service at work, we watched two important videos. One is the story of Martin and Elaine Bromiley, called “Just a routine operation“. The other was “Anatomy of a Disaster” by Jo Deverill. Together, the two stories are a powerful and inspiring reminder of the critical importance of human factors in health care (and other areas). In response, I scripted and produced...

Am I Wasting my Time?

“I don’t see the point of doing nurse assessments. After all, the doctors do their assessment, so it’s just doubling up.” This was the attitude expressed by a colleague recently, and it has made me reflect more deeply on the purpose of the assessments I do as an ED nurse. As primary care nurse, my assessments usually follow a fairly standard pattern. I personally like to use the...

I never wanted to be a nur...

I always wanted to be a mother. When my waters broke, I was ready. My bag was packed. My carefully crafted Birth Plan laid out all the options. Only, it hadn’t taken death into account. Death of my dreams, my hopes, my very definition of “mother”, and most of all the death of my son’s independence…. the birth of his disability. After life was carefully coaxed back into his...

Ventilation: a Crash Cours...

The following is a list of resources that I have found helpful while learning about mechanical and non-invasive ventilation – with particular focus on use of the Oxylog 3000. This is aimed at ED nurses, from novice to the more experienced user, although other practitioners may also find various links useful. As an added bonus, following this mini-course will also take you to some of my favourite...

Getting Personal

For my second anniversary as an ED nurse, I attended the world’s best critical care conference: SMACC2013. Better writers than I have already blogged about the conference, as exemplified by Intensive Care Network and Injectable Orange to name a couple.   Now I’m back at home and soon to be back at work…. and I wonder what has changed. My days are still filled with the same...

Newborn Infant Resuscitati...

This post is designed to accompany the video “Newborn Infant Resuscitation” (as submitted to the smacc 2013 PK talk competition). This post is still under construction so please check back soon for updates. One Switch. One Head. The World  by Christopher Hills REFERENCES and PHOTO CREDITS: Keep calm poster: www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/ Australian Resuscitation Council: www.resus.org.au/ Doctor...
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