Newly qualified nurses

The call you never want to get in emergency nursing

A newly qualified nurse describes the emotions and impact of a paediatric crash call
Distressed nurse working in the emergency department

The emergency department is an exciting but daunting place to work. A newly qualified nurse describes the emotions and impact of a paediatric crash call

When the red phone rings in the emergency department (ED), your ears immediately prick up as you know a potentially life-threatening emergency is coming in.

It could be anything from sepsis or stroke to a road traffic accident or cardiac arrest. Or it could be a paediatric emergency, the call you never want as a nurse or healthcare professional.

When the doctor or nurse arrives with the pre-alert grasped in their hands, you look at their body language and facial expression to try and gauge the seriousness of the call. As a newly qualified nurse, when this is followed by the words ‘paediatric crash call, five minutes’, your heart rate increases, you feel nervous and nauseous,

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