Nurses' Corner - Welcome
10 May 2018
Welcome to Nurses’ Corner
Hi and welcome to the first Nurses’ Corner blog.
I have been thinking about blogging for a while now, but i've been agonising over how to start it. By that I mean I have a list of articles and topics I want to share and discuss, but they seemed a bit cold to just jump straight in there with.
But then it hit me……#This Nurse
What am I talking about I hear you cry? Well just stay with me for a moment on this one.
#This Nurse is the official # of World Nurses’ Day - https://www.rcn.org.uk/nurses-day which happens to be on the 12th May 2018.
So why not make my first blog post all about #This Nurse?
I like to think that 1994 was a good year.
There were some classics at the cinema like Forest Gump, Shawshank Redemption, Lion King and Pulp Fiction to name a few. Brit Pop was beginning with Oasis releasing Definitely Maybe and entering a battle for chart supremacy vs Blur and their hit single Parklife.
But what really stands out for me in 1994 is that it’s the year I became a nurse. I spent 1994 with a massive smile on my face as I’d become a qualified RGN and worked as a Staff Nurse in an A&E department.
Looking back now it felt like the culmination of 3 years hard work, but I guess it was only the start of what’s been 24 years and counting journey.
These past 24 years have been varied to say the least. After my year in A&E I spent the following eight working on the Gynaecology ward, working my way up to a Senior Staff Nurse Position. I was also the Gynaecology Oncology Link Nurse for all the ladies being admitted for Surgery for Gynaecological Cancers. Over these eight years I dealt with
- Gynaecology Emergency admissions and Obstetric cases up to 22 weeks gestation.
- I also nursed ladies who had undergone Breast surgery for cancer.
My career then took a shift as I became a Junior Ward Sister on a short stay surgical unit for predominantly elective general, urology, vascular, Colorectal and orthopaedic surgery.
In 2006 I was appointed a Ward Manager for the short stay surgical unit which then progressed to a Surgical Admissions Unit (SAU) dealing with Emergency A&E admissions.
For a time I worked on the Nurses Bank in the North West and as a Deputy Matron for a hospital in the West Midlands in a role that covered serval clinical areas.
I made my jump into the Private Sector in 2009 with a company called 3d Risk Solutions. This was a bit of shift in career as it included undertaking client assessments for underwriting purposes both in person and via the telephone. I would also visit claimants at home and write reports for Insurance companies.
Premex Services bought 3d Risk Solutions in 2007 and since 2012 I’ve been the Clinical Nurse for Premex+.
So what does a Clinical Nurse at Premex+ do?
Apart from dispensing sage advice to my colleagues, I provide the clinical lead on the following:
- Expert Recruitment – Making sure we’re recruiting the best experts to our panel, ensuring that their experience is current and relevant and that they meet the highest of standards. As part of the selection all GMC, or appropriate Governing Body, registrations are checked.
- Expert Selection – Making sure a selected expert is right for a case and is able to deliver a specific and specialised report that is fit for purpose.
- Presenting and training experts at our Specialist Expert Seminars - https://www.premexplus.co.uk/expert-panel/specialist-expert-seminars/
- Member of our Clinical Governance Forum. We have a group wide Clinical Governance Board which is headed up by our Chief Medical Officer Dr Scot Darling.
- Clinical Governance is the system through which organisations are accountable for continuously improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care, by creating an environment in which clinical excellence can flourish.
- This definition is intended to embody three key attributes:
- Recognisably high standards of care
- Transparent responsibility and accountability for those standards
- A constant dynamic of improvement
- Being a touch point and soundboard for customers. I’m always available to answer any case specific questions that our customers may have, or be on hand to offer guidance on expert related queries.
- Writing interesting and insightful blogs…..
So that’s me, but what happens next?
Hopefully the above has given you an insight into #This Nurse and a brief background into the journey I’ve been on up to this point.
As I said at the start, I have been looking to blog for a while now and have got a list of articles and topics I would like to write about. That being said if there are any topics you’d like me to talk about or case specifics you’d like to discuss feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy World Nurses’ Day to you all!