Sehliselwe Ndlovu

Nursing Studies 2017

Intensive Care Nurse at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

Sehliselwe Ndlovu 680

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

My role involves taking care of the critically ill patients and the provision of person centred care consistently around the clock. Thus constantly monitoring patients as they are highly unstable. I am also responsible for managing various life support systems including ventilation, haemodynamic monitoring and administration of medicines. Liaising with doctors and other members of the multi-disciplinary team about patient's condition. Furthermore, providing emotional support to patients and families. 

Working in intensive care is challenging am one of the greatest challenges is providing patient's families with emotional support over the phone as they are not allowed to visit their loved ones due to protective measures in place as far as stopping the Covid19 spreading. 

The ways I have found to cope include having faith in The Most High Creator. Praying and worshipping is my coping mechanism. 

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?

Working in the intensive care unit is challenging, especially during this crisis. Clear communication and team working is paramount: involve the patient, patient's family and ICU team members in working towards best patient's outcomes. Finally, appreciate your team for the support and help you are getting to achieve the best care for your patient.