A guest blog by Florian Nightingale
So, as a newly-qualified nurse with a special interest in pre-hospital emergency care, there are things about my undergraduate programme that I would change. There are things I would remove from my degree and others I would add – inter-disciplinary training with other healthcare professionals for one thing.
My experiences in pre-hospital care brought me into contact with paramedics and doctors, but what struck me most about the registered nurses I worked with was their autonomy – more precisely, their abilities to physically assess people beyond taking basic observations. These are skills that, as I have often found, are perceived as advanced and beyond the scope or remit of a staff nurse. I’m talking more than simply checking a blood pressure, feeling a pulse, counting respirations and recording pulse oximetry and temperature. I feel that my undergraduate training gave me very little preparation for…
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