I work as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner in the Children Emergency Department of Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
I completed my Registered General Nurse (RGN) training in 1984 followed by my Post-Registration Sick Children’s (RSCN) Nursing in 1988. As a RSCN post-registration student in 1988 the Children’s Emergency Department was my last placement and for me my most enjoyable. I was fortunate to be able to stay on as a registered RSCN and I have been here since – twenty seven years and counting! In some ways I suppose rather than choosing to work in the Emergency Department, the Emergency Department chose me!
Post Registered Education – relevant to post
To support me in my current post I have undertaken a number of post-registration educational programmes specific to Emergency Nursing including:
- Emergency Nurse Practitioner Minor Injuries Course,
- Asthma Management
- Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS).
I love the variety, the unpredictability -no 2 days are the same- the camaraderie, the great team spirit and remembering that every day you learn something new.
So……you “think” you want to work in the Paediatric Emergency Department? .......take a peek…..!!!
- Good sense of Humour
- No thin skin!
- Knowledge of current kids TV film characters
- Good Team Player
- Ability to "think on your feet"
- The weirder the better.
- Ability to develop thick skin (fast)!
- Willingness to sing (in or out of tune) - Songs of said characters i.e., Peppa Pig, Frozen, Wheels on the bus.
- Ability to demonstrate same after 3 or 4 12 hour shift in a row.
- Even better team player at after work social events.
- Ability to think while crouched down on “hunkers” at toddler level.
- Calm Nature
- Level – headed
- Non – judgemental
- And last but not least “A large bladder capacity” (with room for expansion)