Build an ADMIT KIT for unexpected hospital admissions when travelling

You never know when an unexpected medical problem will interrupt your trip with a hospital visit. Here is a list of useful items to take with you. Even better, if you (or a family member) are about to go to hospital, or you frequently require admission, why not make an admit kit. A small pre-packed bag with your name & contact number clearly attached to … Continue reading Build an ADMIT KIT for unexpected hospital admissions when travelling

The Flatus Nurse

Life was pretty tough for a junior nurse back in the day*: Military hospital, France 1945: the flatus nurse does her rounds. At precisely 7 AM each morning the flatus nurse would commence her round.Patients would assume the Schlemberg’s position (recumbant with legs held high in the air) and one by one, amidst much grunting, straining and proclaiming, produce their best gaseous emission.The junior nurse … Continue reading The Flatus Nurse

How do you sleep when it’s 43 degrees Celsius?

Many parts of Australia are expecting temperatures consistently approaching or above 40 C (105 F) this week. Some areas will top 45 C (113 F). It’s hard enough trying to get our day to day activities done in these conditions, but imagine for a moment if you were trying to sleep through them overnight. For many shift workers this is a reality. Nurses, doctors, police, … Continue reading How do you sleep when it’s 43 degrees Celsius?

Nursing in the 1950’s

A few of my mum’s standout memories working as a nurse at Mount Gould Hospital, Plymouth in the 1950’s. The Korean war had just begun, Polio Vaccine was saving thousands of lives, and the legends of Lego and Sputnik were just about to be deployed. This was the time my mum did her nursing training at Mount Gould Hospital, an orthopaedic hospital specialising in the … Continue reading Nursing in the 1950’s

Why medical teams WALK to an emergency.

One of the responsibilities of the Emergency Department where I used to work was to attend medical emergencies (or ‘codes’) elsewhere in the hospital. We would dispatch a medical emergency team (known as a MET team), comprising a senior doctor and nurse. When their pager goes off they respond by pushing this rather big trolley known as a crash-cart (for reasons that will soon become … Continue reading Why medical teams WALK to an emergency.

Canberra Firestorm.

On Saturday 18th January 2003 a freak and devastating firestorm tore through my city. 4 people died and over 500 homes were destroyed. It resulted in the 2nd largest single hospital disaster response in Australian history. I was working as a nurse in the emergency department that day. 2 days later I wrote this story. ———————————————————————– the firestorm. It was bloody horribly awesome. Peeking out … Continue reading Canberra Firestorm.