My job

35 years as an emergency nurse practitioner

Emergency nurse Martina Browne explains why she still loves the role 
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Emergency nurse Martina Browne explains why she still loves the role after 35 years

What is your job?

Autonomous nurse practitioner in the emergency department (ED) of a hospital in Northern Ireland, assessing, diagnosing, treating and discharging patients of all ages who present in the ambulatory area. I support pre-registration nurses during their placements and I am a sign-off mentor for postgraduate students completing a BSc specialist practice course.

Why did you become an emergency nurse?

By default. When I qualified as a nurse, many years ago, the area in which you worked was at the discretion of the nursing officers. I was sent to the ED.

What might you have done otherwise?

During the 1980s I trained and qualified as a midwife but there were no jobs in midwifery at that time, so I returned to

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