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Emergency nurse appointed to medical college committee

April McKay on why emergency nursing inspires her so much
April McKay

April McKay, the first nurse to be appointed to the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s best practice committee, explains why emergency nursing inspires her so much

What is your job?

I’m an advanced clinical practitioner (ACP) in emergency medicine and am currently completing credentialing in adult and paediatric emergency medicine. I work in a large teaching hospital emergency department (ED) as part of a 15-strong ACP group.

What are your main responsibilities?

I work autonomously seeing a full range of undifferentiated patients, including leading the trauma team with support from an ED consultant, and I’m on the best practice and quality committee for the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM).

Why did you become an emergency nurse?

I went into emergency nursing straight out of university and had a choice between that and intensive care. The pace,


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