Kerry Donoghue

BA (Hons) Nursing Studies 2004
PG Dip Nursing APP 2019
Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Covid Assessment Centre, Kirkintilloch

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Tell us in more detail what your role entails, what challenges you currently face, and how you are finding ways to cope.

We are assessing patients with Covid symptoms and making clinical decisions about whether patients require admission to secondary care or are able to go home. It’s a really challenging role at present. Usually I work as an ANP for urgent/unscheduled care for east Dunbartonshire HSCP but this current role is how we are adapting to deal with health needs in primary care during this pandemic.  

There are many challenges in my role on a daily basis. One thing I have been very impressed with though is how resilient my colleagues are and what a great support network we’ve formed. We’ve had a debrief / huddle at the end of each shift to learn and reflect and support each other. It’s a very different way of working for so many of us so it’s important to support each other as members of the team. Everyone is important and everyone needs to know their role matters. Now more than ever it’s all about the team effort.

Do you have a top tip for coping at a time of crisis? Or a few words of advice or support for fellow students and alumni on the front line?

I have always been a GCU student. Arrived as a 17 year old fresh out of secondary school and completed my BA (Hons) in Nursing Studies in 2004 then returned to complete a PgDip in Advanced Practice - graduating last November with the support of our programme leader Evelyn McElhinney. Having throughly enjoyed coming back as a post grad student I remain very proud of being a GCU student and I have the upmost respect for the brave student nurses stepping up to help the NHS. I am sure GCU will have given them the tools to be an asset to the Health Service in it’s time of need. 

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