Sian Rodger is health coaching nurse facilitator at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre
It has been a tough week: a challenging patient, a poorly child (mine) and my hormones being the culprits.
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I am fortunate enough to work with a great team of nurses; they have a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience. They range from newly qualified nurses to post-retirees who have returned and do a couple shifts a week.
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. I’m not sure if it is a skill or a feeling but we all need it.
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Following handover on a cold and wintery Monday morning, I was chatting to one of my patients while waiting for his coffee to cool down enough for him to drink.
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I work in a spinal injury unit and we recently asked our patients for their opinions about the education we provide to them.
During the morning handover the night nurse commented to me that one of our patients had been having episodes of low mood as he was getting frustrated by incontinence issues, which have been disrupting his rehabilitation.
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The patients I nurse have usually had a life-changing spinal cord injury, which means they require a long period of time in hospital to prepare them for successful discharge and reintegration into the community.
Let’s face it, we can’t know everything about every speciality, so it is important to work together and share our knowledge across disciplines.