As one of the Resuscitation Coordinators at ADHB, I am jointly responsible for providing skilled teaching, coaching and clinical supervision in all areas of resuscitation to a variety of clinical disciplines and non clinical ADHB staff. I am involved in the development of resuscitation education and training programmes and act as a clinical resource, providing expert advice within the scope of my speciality area. I attend cardiac arrests and medical emergencies within the hospital when able and aim to model expert clinical resuscitation skills, both in real life situations and during simulation training. I participate in reviews and audit projects concerning resuscitation throughout ADHB and implement or suggest change where necessary.
After working for many years as a nurse in Adult Emergency Departments, both here in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom, my interest in teaching and resuscitation practices was developed and I decided to try something new. I have been qualified for almost 15 years and am part way through completing my Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Advanced Nursing) at the University of Auckland. I had started my post graduate studies before taking on this role, but it is not imperative to do so.
For anyone interested in a role like this, I would expect you to have a keen interest in teaching and a sound knowledge base of current resuscitation practices. Strong, clear communication skills and the ability to work with others from all disciplines are fundamental to the role. You learn a lot on the job (e.g. how to use simulators, course content etc) but need to regularly update yourself with developments and advances in resuscitation practices and related fields.