Sian Rodger is health coaching nurse facilitator at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre
After receiving my second reminder letter a couple of weeks ago, I went for my routine cervical screening.
When I was a case manager (discharge coordinator) on my ward 18 years ago, I worked with a nurse who was brilliant, but she decided that she wanted to have a break from work and resigned due to her young family and personal commitments. While off work she let her registration lapse and left the profession.
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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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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