A Nursing Career

Breda Murphy – Clinical Nurse Manager

It’s a tough profession at times but I do get a great sense of achievement when I make  a person’s life a bit easier. 

I work as a Clinical Nurse Manager (CNM) in the  endoscopy unit in  a busy Dublin City Hospital. Endoscopy provides  day case procedures for patients.  As CNM in the endoscopy unit I provide clinical and professional nursing leadership. I help to develop the nursing team and strive to provide optimum nursing care within the unit. I regularly organise in house training, orientate new staff and ensure students have a positive learning experience.

Did you always want to be a nurse?

Yes think I always did. If nursing didn’t work out then I was thinking of Social Work or Occupational Therapy.

What attracted you to the nursing profession?

I like that there are so many different fields of nursing that you can work in and experience throughout your career. It’s a tough profession at times but I do get a great sense of achievement when I make a person’s life a bit easier. It’s also a  great job if you intend to travel because in most countries it’s relatively straightforward to register as a nurse.

when we have staff shortages . . . It’s hard to keep staff morale up and maintain good standards of care.

What part of the job do you find to be the most challenging? Most satisfying?

Most challenging I’d say when we have staff shortages which has become very common in today’s health care system. It’s hard to keep staff morale up and maintain good standards of care.

Most satisfying, when we put patients at ease. Some patients are extremely anxious when they arrive for a day case procedure. Patients are generally very grateful for the care we provide whilst they are in the unit.

What kind of stress do you deal with?

Increasing patient numbers that come through the unit especially in recent months. Patients expect a good quality service. I often have to deal with potentially  stressful  situations for example if a patient becomes unstable

In your opinion, what are the personal qualities or abilities that are required to nurse.

In my opinion I think a nurse should have good communication skills as you need to be able to deal effectively with a lot of different people. Also good listening skills and have a sense of empathy towards patients and what they might be going through. Be able to think quickly on your feet and solve problems as they arise.

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For more information:

Nursing in Ireland and UK

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Nursing Careers Portal

 

 

 

 

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