Registered Nurse, Palmerston North ICU, Palmerston North, NZ
I first graduated from UCOL in 2001 and commenced my nursing Career in surgical services. My ambition was to become an ICU nurse and within 2 years I was offered a position on the Critical Care course and was able to work in Palmerston North ICU. I have spent a total of 12 years in Critical care nursing and was fortunate to spend a year in Waikato Hospital ICU. Drawing on this experience, provides a foundation for my talk. Within my 18 year nursing career I also had the pleasure to work in the community as a Peritoneal dialysis nurse and also Respiratory Nurse educator, teaching children about asthma management and providing education to the wider community about asthma and its awareness.
Working in a provincial Intensive Care Unit. My talk is based on working in the Palmerston North Intensive Care unit and reflecting on how different ICU units work and what we do well. Included in my presentation is what is involved in our ICU, our patient population and some statistics of patient care outcomes. I talk about what we do well working in a provincial ICU and what our ideal outcomes are. Also keeping with the conference theme, sustainability and what we do to achieve this.