Reflective writing

Emotional highs and lows in the emergency department: the student experience

Liverpool John Moores University children's nursing student Hayley Moran, a finalist from the NCYP Student Voice competition, reflects on the extraordinary everyday realities of working in ED
Emergency department

As the day draws to a close, I sit in the silence of my room and reflect on the 13.5 hour shift I have just worked.

Hayley Moran

Few words can conjure up the sheer electricity in the air in the emergency department as the standby phone rings and adrenaline pumps through your veins. Or the heartbreak you feel as you enter resus and come face-to-face with a mum whose world has been shattered.

I felt joy today hearing laughter gurgling out from a cherubic little face, a beautiful baby blissfully unaware of the mayhem that was caused by swallowing a Lego brick.

Tears of joy

To be placed as a student in the emergency department is to experience a whirlwind. A typical day simply doesn't exist. Hustle and bustle everywhere you turn, I’ve witnessed tears of sadness mixed with tears of joy.

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