A personal account from Clare Greenwood, Clinical Nurse Specialist – Tissue Viability, Leeds Teaching Hospitals on being a key worker, post grad student, wife and mother
Calmness can be skin deep…
I never really thought of myself as an anxious person. Yes, I would replay some conversations over and over in my head, worrying that I might have said something that could have been misinterpreted or offended someone, but I would tell myself that’s normal right? I would pride myself in how others would perceive me as a calm and approachable person, and that ‘things never phase you’, but to that gentle and calm exterior, can be very different on the interior.
Keeping a healthy life balance can be really challenging…
I have been working towards a PhD for the last 7.5 years alongside my clinical work as a Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist. A part time PhD normally takes 5 years, but I suspended twice whilst on maternity leave. People would often comment on “I don’t know how you have the time, doing your PhD, whilst working and with two young children” but I would try and be organised with my time, making sure they all got adequate amounts of my attention, whilst also maintaining some element of self-care, which for me was having some alone time sewing, reading or running.
This powerful insight into the effect of COVID-19 on the critical care workforce has been written by a TVS member who’s location and identity have been withheld to protect privacy.
“We have practiced the technique of proning critically ill adults for many years and always approach this method from a multidisciplinary team approach, with a sound evidence base. Our critical care workforce, although not experienced in caring for patients diagnosed with Covid-19, are therefore highly experienced and experts in the technique of proning patients. But what Covid-19 did was stretch and dilute our critical care workforce.
Read the latest blog from Linda Primmer, TVS Chair & Community TVN, on strangers, family and friends helping key workers during COVID-19
I am sure, like me, you have been amazed by the generous support the British public has demonstrated for key workers across the UK during this challenging time.
Within my immediate ‘weeworld’ in Edinburgh alone, the following remarkable quiet acts of generosity have been exhibited by family, friends and strangers from across the UK.
‘Laser Kate’ (Instagram @_laser.kate_) from Kent (Teacher, mum & handicrafter extraordinaire)
Kate has been cutting away with her laser plane to make these great wee mask extender gadgets using a template from a designer in the USA who has generously made the design open access/free to use. Click here to find out more.
You can imagine my excitement when I saw how SKIN INTEGRITY and COMFORT is aided when wearing masks that hook behind the ear – friction, shear and pressure are easily prevented. Colleagues constantly remark how they help prevent ‘sore ears’ and keep the mask from slipping off their nose and mouth. Being made from acrylic they can be wiped with / soaked in cleansing solutions. (more…)
Welcome to a guest blog written by Dr Leanne Atkin, Vascular Nurse Specialist, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust. Lecturer University of Huddersfield
“It sometimes feels like I am in a parallel universe! Society around me seems to be having extended holidays, family BBQs, street parties and days out at the beach. I am rather sick of seeing peoples’ social media posts about having time to take up a new hobby, getting fit and spring cleaning their houses. For me (and many of you) working life continues. Our Vascular Service is quieter than normal but never has it been so emotionally challenging.
Read the latest blog from Tina Chambers, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Tissue Viability, on the importance of the 2020 TVS Trustee Elections
“For the first time in many years the TVS is required to hold a ballot to elect our new trustees. Whilst we could have had an election each year, for as long as I can remember, those that have applied have been elected unopposed. This is a very positive thing for our Society as it demonstrates that there are members who wish to serve and guide the future of their Society. The TVS is owned and run by members – this is our 40th year which is a great landmark.