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Resuscitation Officer

Clinical Practice
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Clinical Practice

Area of Practice

  • Adult Nursing
  • Children's Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Learning Disability Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Public Health Nursing


  • Hospital Care

Job/Role Summary

  • Staff Training
  • Equipment management
  • Cardiac arrest audit
  • Practice development


Specific qualifications and experience required

  • Registered Nurse - part 1
  • Advanced Life Support Instructor
  • Experience of paediatric resuscitation


Career Milestones

Staff nurse - coronary care unit - nursing seriously ill patients, team work and leadership. This has had a significant impact on me personally - it gave me self-confidence and assertiveness.


What attracted you to this job?

I wished to further my career and enjoy the challenges of a new role. I believed I needed a change.


Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

  • Staff training
  • Organising and directing resuscitation courses
  • Responsibility for my own decisions on a day to day basis


Important success factors

  • The backing of senior managers
  • Replacing old equipment with new
  • Offering a quality service and the introduction of more courses


Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

  • Ensure there is a long induction period, for example 10-12 weeks.
  • Shadow a resuscitation officer for some of this induction.
  • Ensure your training plans are realistic.
  • Don't take on too much too soon.
  • Be persistant with line managers.


Key skills that can be gained within this job/role?

I have become more assertive when attempting to seek change. I have built up lasting relationships with colleagues and have gained respect in many areas. I have learned to respect others. My ability to teach has much improved. I also think I have become a better listener and that others can confide in me.


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