This month we are hearing from reader Lucy White who is a nurse based in NZ. She also runs her own candle business!
Every working day, I wake up far too early and head along the eastern bays to work at a GP clinic on Queen Street, Auckland. Further to my employment as a practice nurse, I own a boutique range of handmade soy candles, called Blanc & CO.
As much as this intimidates me, here goes:
7.00am Alarm goes off… But I choose to snooze and carry on sleeping. After doing this 2 or 3 times, I eventually get up, get ready and jump in the car.
8.10am After waking up in the car on the way to work, I hit the on button on my computer, open up my emails, check the vaccine fridge and restock my room with dressings, needles, syringes etc ready for the day. Plus, delete the typical infomercial emails that I subscribed to over the past year.
8.15am It’s time… My first patient of the day… A pregnant woman who is flying home to India to visit family and needs travel vaccines. Ideally she needs a number of vaccines but because she is pregnant we go with just a flu vaccine, which we know to be safe. We give her advice on how to be careful while away and how to reduce the likelihood of contracting any nasty diseases.
9.00am I triage a couple of new patients with coughs and colds and do a routine blood test for another patient. Respond to some emails from patients requesting repeat prescriptions, advice on illnesses and general queries.
10.45am Yay, its morning tea time. I have a coffee, sit down with the other staff and we all catch up.
11.30am A regular patient has come in with a bit of crayfish shell stuck in his finger from a dive trip over the weekend. The wound has since closed over so we decide to inject some local into the finger and open it up with a scalpel. We remove the tiny piece of shell and are all surprised that it has been causing so much grief!
1pm A 4 year old girl comes in with her mum, who was called to collect her from day-care after she stuck a bead up her nose! The little girl is absolutely fine and thinks it’s quite funny. The doctor removes the bead and she’s given a lollipop for being so brave. We also give her back her green bead to take home as a souvenir.
1.15pm I set up some IV antibiotics for a patient who has an infected cat scratch on her leg. I put the IV in and mix up some antibiotics and give to the patient through the vein (for nasty infections we tend to give IV as it works a lot quicker). I clean and dress her wound and book her in for an appointment tomorrow for further IV antibiotics and a dressing change.
2pm I have a scheduled lunch break at 2pm so that patients can come and see us during their lunch breaks earlier in the day. This gives me time to go and see my daily coffee man… we have a special bond and he always gives me a free coffee on Fridays… makes it all that much more worthwhile!
3.00pm I set up for a minor surgery, which one of the doctors does here at the practice. We are removing a suspicious mole from a patients arm. Once we have finished I apply a dressing and book the patient in for a weeks’ time to get his stitches removed and to get the results of the biopsy.
4.00pm I have a 15 month old child booked in for their immunisations. This is my least favourite age to do because it is three injections and they are old enough to know what is going on so once we are finished there are lots of stickers and bubble blowing! They are always smiling before they leave – usually…
5.30pm Home time!
6.00pm Once I get home I package up some candle orders for Blanc & CO. and put in an online order for supplies so I can make up some fresh candles over the weekend.
10.30pm Into bed to sleep and ready to do it all again tomorrow. Actually I lied, it’s more like 9:30pm, but hey, that’s pretty standard isn’t it?
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