Registered Nurse at the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, Kevin Morrison, is routinely mistaken for a health care provider.
He informed JIS News that he usually has to suggest sufferers and website visitors to the facility that he is, in truth, a nurse.
As a person of eight male nurses at the Type B healthcare facility, Sport Morrison is between a compact team of adult men in the female-dominated discipline in Jamaica.
The registered nurse who analyzed at the College of the West Indies (UWI) by means of a nursing programme that was presented at Brown’s Town Local community School in St Ann, was also just one of two males in his course and one particular of 4 in the university.
He said he would like to see extra young males join the career, which he described as “very satisfying and rewarding”.
In fact, he reported in an interview that his three decades as a registered nurse have been his most significant yrs.
The passionate healthcare supplier stated he thinks he was minimize out for his recent function.
“From the get-go, I was really compassionate, and when escalating up I would usually say nurses are born, not produced. I felt as if I was born to be a nurse, so I claimed why not, and listed here I am these days,” reported Morrison.
He indicated that he has not experienced to deal with the stigma that he was warned about when he entered nursing.
“I have usually read about the discrimination from male nurses, but I have under no circumstances skilled that a working day in my everyday living. I get together fairly very well with my clients. It is been a incredibly fantastic journey,” he stated.
Morrison said that he does not feel that any profession should be gendered, arguing that “whether male or female, you should have liberty of expression in whichever job you select.
“Going into nursing, I will not lie, in the preliminary levels I didn’t know what to expect. But if you have love for persons and you are passionate about aiding other individuals, if you are a male, if you are a woman, be a nurse or a ‘murse’ as they contact us,” he stated with a smile.
The registered nurse is at this time stationed in the Incident and Emergency (A&E) Section at the medical center, which he explained as “high-pace, superior-adrenaline”.
“From you get to operate it’s just operate right until it is time to go away, and you get to enjoy what you do more than anything else due to the fact its life and dying. So, you can be the variation involving heading residence and ‘going home’,” he indicated, alluding to the point that a harsh fact of the occupation is that in some cases people die.
“It is usually hard to lose individuals and it does not suggest that we did not consider our best to choose care of the affected individual, but when God is ready, he’s ready,” stated Morrison.
“We’ve viewed young and previous come to the clinic, and some of them satisfy their demise, but one of the best emotions, and I’ve experienced this feeling a lot of situations, is when the patients occur in and they’re quite unwell and you know you care for that patient until he/she is capable to walk out of that clinic,” he explained.
“Sometimes you even see them on the highway and you just can’t put a value on the feeling that you get when you see them, to know that you assisted make a difference in their life,” he included.
In describing his common daily nursing responsibilities, Morrison explained to JIS News that the initially activity is to conduct a sequence of assessments of the affected individual.
“It starts with a typical evaluation and then you pinpoint to whatever ailment the client has. So, for example, if the individual has a respiratory issue, then we would emphasis on that.
“From there, you essentially control the problem dependent on the requirements of the affected individual,” he explained, noting that the course of action incorporates administering prescription drugs.
He stated the affected person is carefully monitored, as it is “important to be in a position to report on modifications in the patient’s affliction each and every phase of the way.
He noted also, that a crucial function of the nurse is to be an advocate for the patient.
“If you notice some thing completely wrong, you advocate for the affected person by getting in contact with the pertinent events. It may be the physiotherapist, the medical professional, or whoever is desired, because the aim is to make sure that your individual is normally alright,” he said.
As it relates to performing with COVID-19 clients, Morrison admitted that at 1st he was fearful “because we started to listen to about COVID and what it was carrying out abroad extensive prior to it came to Jamaica. I felt incredibly frightened, but did not enable on what I was emotion.”
He reported, having said that, that he values the time caring for clients in the COVID unit, and is committed to paying each and every working day nursing them back to fantastic health and fitness.
Morrison concluded with a declaration that he has unquestionably no regrets about his profession selection.