2015/2016 SpaMedica Ophthalmics
Peripheral Vascular Cannulation
ELearning (13 modules)
Advanced Life Support
Hands on nurse in a private Ophthalmic hospital. Patients are generally very old with chronic conditions. Admit/discharge, pre-assessment, scrub (Cataract/Intravitreal), theatre managing. Work daily with the Infection Control Nurse to ensure compliance with staff. Recently completed Cannulation training.
Managed clinic/s in the absence of a clinical lead/manager and support providing flexible cover nationally. In numbers with consultations/ward/theatre/discharge (covering Sexual Health/STI testing/termination/sterilisation/vasectomy). Mentor/induct/supervise/teach and assess new staff. Managerial side dealing with clinical audit, referrals, complaints, finance(petty cash/stock/budgets/maintenance), external stakeholders, timesheets, acting host for visiting international delegates. A highly sensitive but confidential environment ensuring safeguarding., but within a budget within time constraints ensuring patient quality care.
During this time I qualified as an English teacher to adults through Cambridge University. I used my Annual Leave to pursue this interest.
Primarily Scrub/managing covering specialities in 11 operating theatres. Predominantly covered Reconstructive Plastics/MaxilloFacial Trauma and ER Trauma (Elective, Code Red, Major Incident, Emergency Oncall).
*Scrub/circulating. Mentoring new nurses/HCAs and junior doctors new to scrub.
*Manage/organise Trauma Theatre (Reconstructive MxFx/Plastics), problem solving surgical lists, staffing/breaks.
*Ordering/maintaining stock/equipment, working with reps/Multi Disciplinary Team to ensure correct stock for MaxFax/Plastics (plates/screws/skull prosthesis/cryogenic skin grafts etc). Liasing with surgeons/ reps/Health Care Professionals to ensure correct/new equipment surgically.
*Support, scrub and circulate in all other specialities as needed: (Ortho/Neuro/Vascular/General/Renal/Paediatric/Gynae and C-Sections),
*Recovery and a minimal amount of bed managing and also Anaesthetics (limited roles).
Named nurse admission to discharge. 6 months in Uro/Gynae-Oncology and Plastic surgery on small cancer related/aesthetic procedures.
*Promote/support healthcare to patients/families.
*Audit/promoting Infection Control, supervision of junior staff.
*Specialist nursing knowledge and skills for nursing post operative surgical patients including airway support, handling surgical equipment/instruments, medications, surgery specific admission and discharge (for around 50 procedures) with post operative after hours care.
*Worked all areas from primary nurse on a team admitting, pre-op assessment/checks, theatre, scrub, paperwork/electronic patient systems, primary recovery nurse, liasing with Multi Disciplinary Teams for referrals. Phone support up to 8pm in with in house referrals/external stakeholders for ongoing post operative pain/nausea issues to main wards.
Scrub/Circulating Gynaecology/main theatres as needed.
*Setting up trolleys, maintaining sterility in surgical area, equipment/instrument checks, maintain patient safety/advocacy, specimens, documentation, patient hand over to recovery.
*Ordering/delivery/instrument check, maintaining Infection Control, mentorship to new students in a supervisory capacity.
*All female related procedures including most -oscopies.
Day clinics drop in providing peripheral sexual health services. GUM/HIV screening, contraceptive advice/consultations, terminations, pregnancy testing, minor surgical contrtaceptive procedures, teenage pregnancy advice and support, hormone replacement therapy.
Developed effective and principled teaching practice, theory and classroom teaching.
1-Learners/teaching and learning teaching in context
2-Language Analysis and awareness
3-Language Skills, reading/listening/speaking/writing
4-Planning and resources for different contexts
5-Developed teaching skills and professionalism
Teaching, mentoring, assessing, interviewing healthcare staff.
Teaching, adults English as a second language.
Time Management prioritising work, deadlines, being in control, ability to say no, not a slave to work email, use a S.M.A.R.T formula to achieve goals.
Motivated, flexible, great listening skills plenty of patience and sincere people skills with all ages. I listen to my colleagues and patients and encourage input at all levels. I am told I am a much appreciated team player who is able to build strong rapports with others but also work independently prioritising my own workload. Good working relationships are encouraged and my interpersonal skills are strong, confident and professional.
I'm really enthused about getting into a more varied post where I can learn more and build upon my existing skills. Hard work and commitment has given me strong leadership and managerial experience in my previous post and I am really just looking to stay in an area I can gain much from, learn, specialise in, train, educate myself and others. I want to be part of a caring team that still puts people first. A team that serves to inform, educate and protect and believes in having good clinical practice and wants to improve on their quality of care.