Recently Diaverum UK tried out an experiment: Dawn Moller, Nursing Director UK, encouraged nurses to “Take Your Child to Work”. Fruzina Jerabekne, the 18 years old daughter of Forest Hill deputy clinic manager Rea, took the opportunity and now shares her experience with us…
“I’ve had the pleasure of doing one week of work experience at the Forest Hill dialysis unit. The unit specialises in treating adult patients who suffer from kidney failure. During my time there I had the opportunity to talk to the nurses in charge of the patients as well as the patients themselves and their relatives who were there.
I arrived to the unit on Monday at 8am just about time for the nurse handover. The handover is a 10-15 minute sit down meeting of the morning nurses, it happens after all the patients have been successfully put on the machine. The nurses then discuss any complaints, concerns and any other issues that were written in a diary from the evening shift the night before or anything else that caught any of the nurses’ eyes in the morning.
I spent the rest of that day talking to a patient about her journey through dialysis. She explained that she was initially diagnosed with a kidney condition about five years ago and it was a tough journey. She explained that dialysis takes time to get used to, it but it has become a routine and that can be very tiring and sometimes even she feels too exhausted to do anything other than going home and going back to sleep. She is getting better at dealing with the condition and still makes the most out of her free time, as her treatment schedule allows her to carry on with daily activities.
Another patient I spoke with also agreed that dialysis can be upsetting but she finds other projects to do such as; gardening and cooking to get her mind off it and focus on things that she enjoys.
For people who feel down sometimes, the unit offers a psychologist who comes around to talk to the patients and provide needed support. As I’ve found out, a psychologist can be needed at any point in dialysis, mostly at the beginning of haemodialysis as patients go through stages in their journey. Nonetheless many of the patients agree that being in this community of people who are going through the same thing helps a lot as everyone is very supportive and the patients feel like part of a bigger family thanks to the unit.
As the days went on, I had the opportunity to talk to a larger circle of patients and really got to know how they feel and was able to gain insight into the nurses’ role in helping the patients get better. All of the patients that I talked to agreed that without the nurses they would not feel as comfortable going through this condition and they were all very thankful to the nurses for their help.
Some of the major roles of nurses that I’ve come to understand is the skill of clear communication as well as staying calm under tense or stressful situations. With the understanding I’ve gathered in the past week, I’m truly excited to start university studying adult nursing.
I’ve learnt more than I ever expected to in this one week. I’m thankful to all of the nurses who were kind enough to guide me and help me while doing their own work as well. I learnt about administration from Herlin and was even allowed to sit in while the visiting doctor came around to talk to patients. I can confidently say that I have a much clearer understanding of the role of a nurse now than I did before.
Once again I would like to say thank you to the whole unit of the Forest Hill Diaverum.”’
~ Fruzsina Jerabek