My name is Danni Picot and I am a Staff Nurse on the MBU.
A normal working day for me begins at 6am and I head in to work to start at around 7am, changing in to my uniform ready to start the day. The coronavirus pandemic now means that once our handover is complete, we all don our protective face masks before we start our work on the ward. If I am working in the isolation area I will have to change my clothing once again, don a mask, gloves, apron and goggles.
COVID-19 has meant we have had to change the way in which we interact with our patients and colleagues by adhering to social distancing guidelines. This is not always easy but it is very important that we do as the guidelines say so that our patients, who don’t always have the capacity to understand the guidelines themselves, can see what we are doing and hopefully adopt the right behaviour.
A crucial part of our job is to make therapeutic relationships with our mums and we as a team are being challenged to think of ways to communicate with the added barrier of PPE. I’ve been creating badges for staff to wear that includes a photo of themselves smiling. The idea is that it will help our patients to get to know the staff member behind the mask and make that human connection which is so very important.
My advice to you all in these uncertain days is look after your own health and share your feelings with others.