Jane is Lead Sister at A&E
The role of Nursing Assistant in Accident & Emergency (A&E) is vital. They are a lynchpin for the patients who are very anxious when they first arrive and the Nursing Assistant can spend time with them, explaining the department and assisting with preparing for a physical examination. They will also carry out baseline cardio-vascular observations and escort patients to Imaging for scans.
With further training Nursing Assistants might also be involved in phlebotomy, ECG's and applying plaster casts to fractures and broken bones. Nursing Assistants are also crucial in keeping patients hydrated.
As a result of interracting with the individual, Nursing Assistant's can then communicate the patient's anxieties or concerns back to the trained nurses.