Meghan Miller

BA Nursing 2019

Newly Qualified Nurse QEUH

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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’ve been admitting, testing, and nursing patients with suspected or confirmed Covid19 patients for almost 2 months now. The biggest issue currently is of course the limited HDU/ICU beds we have and my heart goes out to all the staff working in those departments. Also, we on the wards have limited PPE. Half of the staff on my ward have had to purchase our own safety goggles online as there are no visors on the ward. A lot of the time we are going into the rooms unprotected as not everyone has goggles and there is usually 3 visors for the whole shift, if any at all. A lot of the staff did not wait around for PPE to be supplied and bought goggles so we could go into the rooms without hesitation to continue to deliver our nursing care. 

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?

All I want to do is to urge people to stay home; don’t meet people from other house holds, don’t travel to busy parks, don’t leave the house if you’re feeling unwell, follow government and NHS inform advice. Help protect the NHS and save lives. I also want to encourage and give a shout out to all of the NQNs working on the front line, everyone I know and have spoken to have dove right in and we are all working equally hard, doing our best for our patients despite being in our first year. It’s definitely a first year we won’t forget.

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