Reflective practice

Stepping up to the challenge

Lisa Kirwan, staff nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, reflects upon how much she has learned since recently qualifying

Lisa Kirwan, staff nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, reflects upon how much she has learned since recently qualifying.

Abstract

Winter is here and the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is as busy as ever.

Unfortunately, this weather is a breeding ground for nasty infections that can make vulnerable children very sick. I have been told that once I get a good harsh winter behind me, I will be able to cope with more challenging situations and to care for sicker children on PICU.

I hope this is true because I am still only beginning to become familiar with intensive care nursing, and I know I need to step up and challenge myself a bit more.

One of the reasons I chose to work in PICU was that I wanted to test myself by looking after some of the sickest patients in hospital, but it can be difficult to put yourself in situations that are outside your comfort zone.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Children and Young People: volume 27, issue 10

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