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Siȃn Kerwin is an adult nurse

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 21 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m2064
  1. Declan C Murphy, academic foundation year 2 doctor12,
  2. Anna Harvey, BMJ editorial scholar3
  1. 1Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  2. 2Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  3. 3London
  1. Correspondence to: D C Murphy murphy.declan.1994{at}

Siȃn Kerwin is an adult nurse in a busy London emergency department

We all know what nurses do, right?

Maybe not. A nurse’s job involves a whole host of tasks, from the moment patients arrive in the emergency department to their discharge. “Nurses are often the first healthcare professional to assess a patient,” Kerwin points out. “We then record clinical observations, perform procedures such as catheterisation, take blood and urine samples for investigation, conduct a brief medical history, monitor patients, and alert other team members to changes in their condition.”

Senior nurses often have managerial roles, overseeing the functioning of a ward or department. Many types of nurse exist, and they have varied skill sets. Kerwin says: …

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