Anja had been working as a Registered Nurse (RN) for five years before she began her journey in postgraduate study by enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing. She feels passionate about her role within the emergency department and values the privilege that comes with working in such a dynamic and challenging environment.
“I am an emergency care RN, currently working at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) in Sydney. I have been an RN for six years, with the last two years in the emergency department. My role includes the provision of safe, timely and high-quality care to patients presenting to the emergency.
“RPA is also a major trauma centre, so traumas are a common and sometimes life-threatening presentation. Part of my role is to manage and care for these patients in often stressful and unpredictable circumstances.
“I like working in the emergency department as it is a very dynamic, challenging, busy and exciting environment. The most privileged part of my job is that I am able to care for patients at times in their lives when they feel sick, vulnerable and are often highly distressed or fearful.
“I feel lucky to be a part of an emergency department where we can provide such a high level of care, and have the resources to be able to help save lives, relieve suffering, and provide comfort to patient and families. Witnessing patients receive the care they require and seeing them improve and potentially even go home is such a great feeling that I feel is unique to the emergency setting. Even if patients have a poor outcome, it can still be reassuring to know that we did everything possible and that the families can take comfort in this."