Career - Coronary Care Nurse
Taking care of people with heart related illness. I give medications, take care of drips, looking after people before and after procedures, and look after people during and after heart attacks etc.
Describe a typical day:
As a nurse, I can have one of three shifts, so I might start early at 0700 or afternoon at 1400 or at night 2130.
I might be looking after 1 to 4 people depending on how sick they are and how much attention they need.
During the shift I ensure that they are clean and dry and help them with basic functions such as toileting and also may help with feeding if that is required.
At the end of the shift I will tell the next shift of nurses about the people I have taken care of and they will take over from me.
What scientific stuff do you do?
I have to take their observations - BP, heart rate, heart rhythm, respirations, chest status, temperature etc. If they have an intravenous I will record this. And I have to keep track of the patient's condition and calculate dosages and fluids.
Why do you like your job?
I like people and I like health.
Do you have any advice for someone considering this career?
If you want to be a nurse it is important that you like people and are able to cope with being around sick people all the time.
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