Life as an emergency nurse practitioner

Senior sister and emergency nurse practitioner at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Marie Murphy speaks to Sophie Blakemore about how she manages to balance her clinical work with the management of up to 20 other nurses on a daily basis

When senior sister and emergency nurse practitioner at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Marie Murphy started her nursing degree, she had no idea she would fall in love with her job. Here, she speaks to Sophie Blakemore about how she manages to balance her clinical work with the management of up to 20 other nurses on a daily basis.

Abstract

As senior sister and emergency nurse practitioner (ENP) at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Marie Murphy balances her time between clinical practice and management duties.

‘It’s just how I like it,’ she says. ‘I have a dual role as a ward manager, but I am also an ENP doing see and treat.

‘I dip in and out of roles depending on service need; such as now, in summertime, we need more nurses on the floor because we see more children presenting with minor injuries and trauma.’

Ms Murphy is responsible for the day-to-day smooth running of the hospital’s urgent care unit, which is made up of three areas, including the emergency department, paediatric assessment unit and medical high dependency unit. She is in charge of the flow of patients across the three areas and into the rest of the hospital, as well as the patient journey.

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This article was first published in print under the original title 'Best of both worlds' in Emergency Nurse: 7 September 2015, volume 23, issue 5.

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