I couldn’t agree with Lynn’s statement more. My placement at the ward really sharpened my skills in as far as responding quickly to situations is concerned. I would admit that before the placement, I had always viewed and conceptualised the profession as a very calm and slow one, given that it involves dealing with sick individuals. The A&E ward changed that narrow mindset. It opens up a person to the other side of nursing that requires on to drop their slow nature and act quickly. It is very common to see nurses and other medical personnel in this ward running around, quite literally, with medical equipment or pushing trolleys and wheelchairs. Placement at the A&E ward requires great mettle.
According to Lynn, “Any nurse who finds themselves at the accident and emergency ward must be well equipped with the technical know- how of how to go about treating handling patients with serious conditions” (Lynn 102). Personally that is one of the most fundamental skills one gets from being placed in the accident and emergency wing. Handling of patients in critical condition is an art to me.
Being in the ward, I managed to take note of how the experienced staff of the ward followed a specific set of procedures in their administration of health care. Of course I had to chip in and follow in their footsteps. Patients in the A&E ward are a little different from the other common ones in the other wards. They usually are in a critical condition by way of their injuries or illnesses. In most cases, I used to receive patients that have already undergone first aid by the ambulance staff.
In other cases, however, the nurse commences the handling from the initial stages, hence more professional input is needed. Being placed in the Accident and Emergency ward played a big role in moulding my decision-making skills. Human beings work and think best when under pressure. As already mentioned earlier in the paper, this ward is one that exerts a lot of pressure to the nurse because of the pace of doing things. Therefore, in the course of administering health services in the A&E ward, a string of decisions is inevitable (Stuart 157).
I had to decide which medical procedure to employ, whether or not some medication is necessary, and when to administer it. Remember that every decision has to made with no time for evaluation and analysis. As such I got to learn how to approach
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