My first job as an A&E nurse

Jade Day

Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
Category: Nursing and midwifery

5 June 2019

I work at Basildon Hospital as an emergency staff nurse. I love the rush and the variety in the job. Gaining skills in all different areas with so many different illnesses is an amazing opportunity. The staff that I work with and the team I work in are fantastic and I have made some life changing friends. This job gives me everything I love about nursing in one place and I can’t imagine working anywhere else right now. I would recommend this for those who love to be busy and mentally stimulated… for sure you will never be bored! If I was to picture myself 5 years ahead, I’d like to be an Accident and Emergency sister.

Some parts of my role can be difficult. Seeing the trauma, death, life changing diagnoses and safety issues that people have to live with are definitely some of the more challenging things I face. This job is not for the faint hearted and sometimes we will watch or listen to things that are painful to us and we have to move this aside to do the best for our patients.

My course prepared me for my role in several ways. My final placements being allocated to the place I now work and were wonderful preparation for starting my role as it was an easy transition from student to newly qualified. My acute care module and the knowledge that came with it definitely helped prepare me for this environment too as all of my patients are acutely unwell.

If I had to describe my experience at ARU in 3 words, I’d say fun, challenging and rewarding.


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