A day in the life of a scrub nurse

I have one week left to spend in emergency theatres and my 12-week placement is close to its end. Scrub nursing initially sparked my interest in year one, when I spent two week in orthopaedic theatres watching hip and knee replacements all day, every day. In module 5 we were asked which area we would like to have our placement in and I immediately knew I wanted to go back into theatres.

Emergency theatres provide 24/7 care to emergency and obstetric patients. The shift pattern in emergency theatres varies. For example, shifts can be: 0730-1800, 1230-2115, 1800-0200, 2100-0800  and cover weekdays, weekends and bank holidays. The majority of the shifts I did were 0730 until 1800.

I arrived at 0725 and went to changing room to put scrubs on along with a green hat (green for student) to keep my hair away. I look a little bit like a boy 😀


Then I went to the theatre where I met my mentor. We checked the cases on the emergency list and familiarized ourselves with the plan for the day.  In the morning we do a lot of routine cleaning and stocking. We prepare the surgical sets along with the extra bits and bobs (sutures, extra instruments, etc.) each surgeon prefers for their case. Once the first patient was brought in to the anaesthetic room I began to scrub up for a plastics case (repair of lacerated tendon on hand). Scrubbing up involves washing my hands thoroughly in a specific way for about 5 min, then putting a mask, gown and gloves on. I normally end up looking something like this:





I then moved close to my sterile field and began organizing my trolley with all the surgical instruments. The role of the scrub nurse is quite different from the traditional nurse on a ward. The scrub nurse is responsible for ensuring patient safety checks have been done, maintaining the sterility of the field and count all sharps, swabs and instruments before and after the operation, ensuring no foreign bodies have been retained inside the patient. In addition, he/she has to ensure all equipment needed for a case, such as suctioning, diathermy, camera, flush, etc. is working properly. The scrub nurse will also assist the surgeon with prepping and draping, handling surgical instruments and removing excess instruments from the sterile field. It is vital to focus on what the surgeon is doing and wait for signals on what he/she might need next. At the end of a procedure all safety checks and relevant documentation must be completed.  Sharps should be disposed of as per local policy while instrument sets are placed in a disposal hold for collection after all instruments have been counted correctly. The patient is transferred from theatres to recovery where the scrub nurse would hand over the care.

Surgeries can last from a few minutes to a few hours. Theatres are cleaned by staff between each surgery and preparation for the next case begins. Normally after a surgery you will have a break when you can have your lunch.In the afternoon surgical cases will continue while staff will rotate as either being scrubbed up or circulating, while others will be relieved for breaks. At the end of the day the whole theatre will be cleaned and staff will stock up.There is great skill mix within surgical theatres, hence it’s a dynamic and exciting environment to work in.


Sorry, for the wait..

 It’s been a long while since I have posted. I was busy writing my dissertation and doing full-time placement at the same time. Currently, I’m in module 5 and have two weeks of placement (in Emergency theaters) left. From now on, I will give my best to post regularly as usual, after regaining my inspiration and normal life back.


In early December I started applying for jobs. The very first hospital I applied at invited me to an interview, and after passing the numeracy and literacy test I was turned down because I lacked experience, regardless of the fact that they knew I’m a student qualifying in 2017. It was a disappointing, yet valuable experience for future interviews to come. I am hopeful that I will find a job in a specialist area even without the experience a lot of hospitals desire. I am interested in one-to-one care and cannot imagine myself working on a ward looking after 13-18 patients.

Soon after, in January, I submitted my dissertation. It was a dreadful and daunting task but I managed to write over 7, 500 words and submit it 30 minutes before the deadline. 😀 Phew.. I didn’t proofread it properly, hence, a few typos make me a bit worried about my result, however, I keep reassuring myself that ‘done is better than perfect!’ I am yet to find out what my result is.

At present, I am in the process of writing my 3, 000 words reflection essay based on my learning from placement and I have less than two weeks left to finish it. This piece of work is formative, hence it is less stressful to write compared to the dissertation.

I am also still applying for jobs and seeking opportunities in specialist areas in London. It is the place I want to move to and live in the near future. Wish me luck because I need it! 😛

Massive thanks goes to my lovely husband who kept me sane through these rough winter months!




Healthy vegetarian meals

Welcome (back) to my blogspot! If you’ve been following my blogs you probably know I have recently started being a vegetarian. I must say I have been doing quite well and I have not had any cravings for the last month. I feel strong and healthy as usual. 🙂 So here are some of my favourite vegetarian meals:

  1. Vegetarian curry and rice with tomato soup and tea. I love curry and I make mine with 1/2 onion, 1 sweet potato, 1 carrot, some buttersquash and tomato sauce. I use a variety of spices, such as, medium curry, salt, pepper, paprika, ginger, parsley, garlic and thyme. I usually add greated cheese on top.  6tag_031116-212738
  2. Roasted sweet potato with cheese
  3. Vegetarian alternative (Quorn) gammon steaks with salad. To be honest I was dissapointed with the gammon ‘steaks’, however I highly recommend the Quorn mince meat alternative
  4. Vegetarian soup – basically add 1/2 onion, your favourite vegetables, your favourite spices, 1 vegetable stock cube and have it with some toast 🙂 Cures all colds, I tell you!
  5. Vegetarian burger – I love using a large flat mushroom which I fry in a pan without any cooking oil – just on its own. Then I put it between a bun with some tomato pesto or hummus, some feta cheese and some kale, wild rocket or lettuce. Perfectly healthy!9a6c16437740e3c41b7346788905226c.

10 things about me

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a long time. My  dissertation has really taken over me and has consumed most of my social life. Additionally, recently I couldn’t find anything to vlog on or write about.

I have changed myself once again…this time I’m determined to stand my ground. I’ve decided to stop eating meat again. Becoming a vegetarian has always been something I wanted to do for the last 2.5 years but the only reason that failed me along the way was the social clash with my friends, family and husband. I didn’t want to upset them and cause them worries. However, this time I have firmly made my decision and can proudly say that I am vegetarian. I don’t want to share extensively the reasons why but mainly for the sake of the animals which suffer, the planet’s environment and even my own health.win_20160929_102732

So here are the 10 things you most likely don’t know about me:

  1. I’m left-handed but I use my right hand for everything apart from writing and drawing
  2. I’m a Christian but I respect others’ beliefs and disbeliefs
  3. I’m vegetarian but I still take some fish-oil capsules I bought months ago and didn’t want to throw away
  4. I’m happily married
  5. I’m Bulgarian and European but also a global citizen
  6. I’ve never broken a bone
  7. I’m extremely competitive even though I don’t admit it very often
  8. I love caring for others but I can be fussy and bossy at times
  9. I want to be a better person and keep developing myself
  10. I love salad, chocolate and pizza

Japan Society @ UEA

The Japan Society at UEA is an international society where everyone with an interest in Japanese culture is welcome. The society aims to provide a friendly ground for local, Japanese and international students to engage in conversations and cultural enschange. I have been a member of the society for the last 2 years and this is my 3rd and final year here. Everyione has been so friendly and welcomeing. I made some really close friends there and really enjoy meeting new people.
You can join too from here:
Meetings are every Friday from 7 to 9 pm.
Cultural Acitivities include:
-Taiko (Traditional Japanese Drum) experience
-Yukata (Traditional Japanese Clothing) experience
-Bigger events such as Christmas Ball, End of year BBQ.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UeaJapanSociety/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/910449512422469/

Life update: Keep calm and nurse on

Hi there! If you’re new to my blog, my name is Georgia and I study Nursing at the University of East Anglia. I’ve recently started my 3rd and final year of Nursing school.


In my 1st semester (Module 5) we focus on critical care and complex needs, whereas in the 2nd semester (Module 6) we focus on preparation for future practice and begin job hunting.

Firstly, I’ve just decided the topic of my dissertation and had positive feedback from my personal adviser. The deadline to submit my dissertation is by mid January 2017, so I have planned to finish it by the end of December. I’m going to be looking at a specific cardiac disease but I can’t reveal too much details for confidentiality reasons.

Secondly, my Japanese husband has just moved in to London for a new job, hence I will be able to see him more often. In fact, I’m going to spend this weekend in London so keep checking for new vlogs coming up.


Thirdly, I have set aims and goals for me to achieve this academic year. Academically, my target is to get over 60-65% as an overall mark. Work-wise, I have set my heart on London so I will be looking for jobs there once I finish my dissertation. I must admit that it feels like only yesterday when I started this course and now…here I am…thinking about where to work and what specialist area I would enjoy. One thing I know for sure is that I really enjoy working on wards in large hospitals and I would love to go into cardiology, however, hospitals don’t always have jobs available straight away. But hey, any ward can be nice if you are supported by a friendly team.

I will be posting more soon.

Comment below if you have any questions.


What I love about UEA

I’m in my final year of Nursing at the University of East Anglia. I wanted to share with you reasons why I love being a student here in Norwich, UK. Where do you study and what do you love about your university?

Cooking spinach quiche & evening with friends

This vlog is all about how to cook a light fluffy spinach quiche & eating homemade food with my friends.

Light fluffy spinach quiche:
Shortcrust Pastry (375g)
4 eggs
250g spinach
1 medium onion
200g feta cheese (or mature cheddar)
150g Crème fraîche (or mayonnaise)
150ml double cream
100ml milk
salt & pepper to taste
How to cook:
pre-heat your oven to 200 degree C.
I think it’s a good idea to put your pastry over aluminium foil or baking paper so it doesn’t stick to the baking tray/dish, however you could use butter to prevent sticking too. I pre-baked my pastry shell for about 10 min. Make sure you poke the bottom with a fork so it doesn’t bloat. Meanwhile, wash your spinach and onion.
Slice the onion. Make your mixture by lightly beating 4 eggs, then add the Crème fraîche, double cream, milk, salt and pepper and mix. Then you just put layer of spinach at the bottom of the pastry, followed by a layer of onion, followed by a layer of cheese and you keep repeating until you reach the top. The final layer should be a layer of cheese. Finally, pour over the mixture and bake in the over for 45 minutes at 200 degrees C.