My name is Julie Bruce and I am Senior Charge Nurse at Ward 2, Larkfield Unit, Inverclyde Royal Hospital. I have been in post since November 2013. Ward 2 is a 30 bedded elderly rehab and assessment ward. My day as with all other SCN’s will vary depending on whether it is a supervisory day, management day or normal working day
Ward 2 is one of 4 test sites in GG&C for the Care Assurance and Accreditation Scheme (CAAS). I first became aware of CAAS in June 2014 when I attended a session where staff from Salford spoke about their experiences. I was also lucky enough to visit Salford to see firsthand how the standards worked in practice.
We are very excited to be part of the test phase for CAAS, I feel CAAS has helped us focus on where we want to go as a ward and the standards are what we always want to achieve for every patient in our care.
Welcome to my day!
8.30am – 10.30am
On arrival to the ward I do the rounds speaking to all staff members on duty and the patients. Check if there are any issues that I need to know about or anything that needs my attention.
Assist any patients who require help or support with their personal care
Attend our staff “huddle” at 9am – no issues identified
Accompany the Consultant on the ward round at 9.30am...
11am – 12.30am
Assist the staff with lunch routine.
After completion of the ward round I have discussions with staff to delegate tasks and actions that now need to take place.
I meet with a family to discuss the care of a patient, they had some concerns before the meeting but the overall outcome of the meeting was positive...
1pm – 2.30pm
I attended a meeting to discuss staff sickness/absence
A further meeting with staff to discuss our Care Assurance and Accreditation Scheme (CAAS) audits.
Completion of 2 EKSF’s with staff members...
2.30pm – 4.30pm
I attended a SCN meeting with the Lead nurse
Check with staff no issues at this point before going home!!
I had previously worked in Orthopaedics for a number of years and 12 years ago I decided I wanted a change. I became Bed Manager here at IRH and did this job for 6 or 7 years. After this I applied for a job as Discharge Nurse, initially based at Southern General before moving back to IRH. I worked as the discharge nurse for 3 years.
Having been away from the clinical area for 10 years I decided to apply for a job as a Senior Charge Nurse in ward 2, Larkfield Unit.
I have been here now for almost 2 years and can safely say no 2 days are ever the same!
I have been involved in the CAAS work since I attended a session last June then I was lucky enough to visit Salford to see the progress they had made there.
We are really pleased to be a test site for CAAS...