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The Life & Times of a Theatre Nurse

Many ask; “What do you actually do in your job, do you just watch the doctor?”

I am fortunate enough to have been doing this job for many many years, and as you will read, it’s a little bit more than watching the doctor.

I, may be…

I, may be the first person to wish you good morning, to ask if you have your stockings on, to confirm if you may be pregnant or whether your teeth are wobbly, capped or crowned. I, may be the first person you feel you can voice your fears too…

I, may be your hand-holder as you drift off to sleep, offer gentle words of reassurance as you wonder if you will wake up, or distract you while needles are inserted in various parts of your body. I, may be the one who runs for the crash trolley as you take a reaction to a drug you have been given…

I, may be the person who holds your hand as you have the cancer removed from your face, wisdom teeth extracted or who helps to fix your broken jaw. I, may be the person you tell you have not yet recovered from the death of a loved one…

I, may be the one who helps remove your troublesome tonsils, takes a tumour from your thyroid or straightens your broken nose. I may be the one who gives your mummy a cuddle as she leaves the room…

I, may be asked to hand off your grumbling gallbladder, hold open your abdomen or offer assistance to a team of highly skilled, quick thinking, caring individuals who have spent the last seven hours fighting to make you well. I may be the one to support my team after you pass away on the table before us…

I, may be the person who helps position you to allow your broken hip to be replaced, washout an infected dog bite to your hand or handover the pins, plates or screws to piece together your arm after you fell from your trampoline. I, may be the one who cleans up your abscess after you became infected during your drug addiction…

I, may be the one who has ensured the equipment needed to remove your cancer-ridden womb is readily available, who has supported, educated and guided newly qualified students, stood up for young doctors under pressure to perform. I, may be the one who has wiped the tears of others and my own…

I, may be the one who supports you during one of the most amazing times of your life, be the first to hold your newborn baby and welcome them to this world. I, may be the one who has to wrap your baby in a bag and hand over to the skills of my colleagues to resuscitate within seconds of them being born…

I, may be the one who hands over the knife to incise your abdomen from top to bottom, to hold a pack to a bleeding vessel or pass the suture to save you bleeding to death. I, may be the one who doesn’t eat, drink or go to the toilet for eight hours…

I, may be the one who has the most interesting, varied and rewarding job…

I am, a Theatre Staff Nurse.

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