As a registered nurse myself working on the front line – I wanted to firstly thank you all for the amazing compassion and professionalism you have shown throughout these times of uncertainly.

This pandemic has made me realise yet again – the reason why I had always wanted to become a nurse. To be there for individuals in their time of need, ensuring they get the quality of healthcare and compassion they deserve, when they are at their most vulnerable.

It may seem as though we are starting to see some light at the end of what has been, a very ‘uncertain tunnel’. But I also know that things you will have witnessed – will not be as easily forgotten and the emotional impact will last much longer than the virus itself.

It is a media frenzy, daily, to report the ‘numbers’ of deaths. I personally – choose not to look at these ‘numbers’ – as it is a loved one someone, somewhere, has sadly had to leave behind. In knowing also, sadly, that they may not have had the opportunity to say goodbye to them, in a way they, would love to have had.

I also know that as an agency nurse myself – you too will have had to go home to your own families with the worry of risk and the feeling of loss.

As an agency nurse, the most important thing is not to feel alone, that your agency – whoever it may be, is there to support and guide you a time when you need them most.

Therefore – I felt it was important to write this to express, that my door here at Bluestones Medical, is always open because as a clinical professional on the frontline too – I can relate with what you will be going through.

Whether it is via email, telephone or even face to face (social distancing of course) please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Here a few clinical updates I have read recently – which I took a lot from:

  1. The NMC has introduced it’s new 5 years strategy – the themes this time is to regulate the influence and support of Nursing staff.  Read more HERE.
  2. End of life care, is this a specialised area? This RCN publication emphasises my thoughts on the care of the dying. Working in a health care setting regardless of your role – will no doubt include end of life care. Whatever role you undertake – the fundamentals are the same. This subject has always been very close to my heart. What is palliative care if you take out the compassion, empathy and dignity? Is compassion a learnt or educated behaviour? When starting my nursing degree the compassion was already there, otherwise, I would be in the wrong profession. Read more HERE.

Take care of yourself – you know where I am if you need me.

Kelly
RGN