Marisa Cairney

BSC (Hons) Nursing Studies (Child) 2019

Paediatric Intensive Care Nurse 

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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.

My role within my place of work is to look after some of the sickest children in the West of Scotland. I look after those who require increased support that the wards are unable to deliver and manage their day to day care. At present the challenges we face include:

- every child who comes into us being treated as a potential Covid-19

- not having enough staff to facilitate a full until of patients

- worried parents who we aren’t sure how to support as we ourselves don’t have the answers they need

- social distancing from our colleagues during breaks. 

None of these things are easy to cope with in an already intensive place of work, however we have a wellbeing team within our colleagues who are trying their best to figure out how to keep our mental health intact and our spirits up!

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?

My top tip during this crisis would be to make the best of social media and video calls! Stay in contact with your friends and family by keeping safe. My advice to those who will be joining us on the front line would be take a deep breath and stay relaxed, your whole world has just changed but we do have a plan in place and policies to follow for the coming months. It’ll be difficult but there will be plenty of experienced professionals around you to support you. 

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