INSPIRATIONAL FEATURE NURSE: JED MURPHY
Jed is a super star Nurse!
Jed spent the first 8 years of his professional career as a plasterer, and after feeling unfulfilled and interested in paediatric nursing. His elder brother was a ‘cardiac kid” which stemmed his decision to move back in with his parents and study nursing. He ended up working on a children’s cardiac ward for the first four years of his career. With a passion for teaching and learning, he then moved into a professional education role involving VTE prevention and prophylaxis. He commences a pioneering new role as a clinical specialist involving the roll out of a spinal cord stimulating device in patients with long term chronic pain.
Jed is very happy to also continue working on the children’s cardiac ward to “get his fix” of human connection and express his love of patient contact and direct care, and plans to continue to work by the bedside for the rest of his life.
Amy: Hi Jed, what do you do every day to stay well?
Jed: Exercise everyday, also my diet and eating well every day is huge for me in feeling well and maintaining my health. If I don’t exercise and eat well, even the next day I can actually feel the effects of sluggishness and not being on top of things.
Amy: Wonderful, and what would be an average day on your plate?
Jed: Well, it’s pretty boring to be honest. Ha ha. I’ll have oats with fruit in the morning for breakfast, and lunch ill have leftovers from the night before, so usually chicken or steak with some vegetables. And a few snacks of apples, bananas and nuts. For dinner, it’s usually just a source of protein which is a good source of protein like salmon, steak or chicken with veggies. With that being said, I do enjoy going out for dinner and treating myself, and for me that’s life.
Amy: Sounds pretty yum to me. And what type of exercise do you do?
Jed: I love working out in the gym, at the moment there are a few hours of rowing! I have found my cardiovascular fitness to have improved dramatically from training for the Good Friday Appeal. I think I’ll stick with rowing post. I try to work out six days a week, and then have one day off, which doesn’t have to be a set day, but more of when I am feeling that I need it.
Amy: Amazing, and what do you love most about your nursing career?
Jed: Working with children and looking after kids who I have seen day 2 of birth, and then seeing them through their hospitals stays and getting to see them go home, is my favourite part. Obviously it is very difficult some days, as not everyone gets to go home and you have to deal with that as well. Ultimately it is the patient contact and making a difference in not only the child’s life, but also the family as well, as you are very involved with mum and dad as much the patient. So that’s what I love. And also I love hoe nursing gives you so many options, there are avenues of management, education or corporate roles like myself, so the opportunities of so many different avenues is fantastic.
Amy: And if you had any advice that you would give yourself as a grad nurse, what would that be?
Jed: Just relax! Ha ha. When I started out, I was pretty highly strung and wanted everything to be perfect, and make every single patient and family happy. But reality is, you’re not going to do that, so you really just need to relax, and if you’re getting behind on your planner and your medications are half an hour late, or you’re getting behind on your planner, just don’t stress.
Amy: Beautiful! And what would you attribute your success to?
Jed: I think really having goals and ticking them off, whatever it is that you’re doing in life, I think if you want to do something you should write it down, and write down the steps to get there. Every shift, I still have a planner with every tasks for each hour for each patient. And that’s my goal to tick off all the things in the shift, and I get there early to plan out my day. I find that you can’t really go wrong if you map it out and tick it off one by one.
Amy: Amazing, and can you tell us what you are doing this Easter weekend?
Jed: Yes! Well Thursday/Friday during the Good Friday appeal which raises money for the Royal Children’s Hospital, we are going to be rowing for 24 hours. Starting Thursday midday and finishing Friday midday to raise money. That will be located onsite at the Children’s Hospitals at the Gym on the Ground floor. We aimed to raise $10,400. Our aim was $10,000. So we have gone over it which is so exciting so that’s been really exciting and lots of training and feels really good to give back, particularly as I have such a strong connection with my brothers last day being on the cardiac ward. So anything I can do to raise money and awareness, to help to provide the quality health care that we get for our children who really need it, and are very vulnerable in society. Really looking forward to it! Its two days away now.
Amy: So exciting, are you starting to carb load now?
Jed: Yes, it’s really exciting, we have some great PR planned from Friday morning, and so you will have to tune in to watch that. I think there is myself, my brother and two other mates, I wouldn’t be able to do it without them and their support and particularly from home from Steph, who initially laughed at me when I told her how much money we were going to raise, so it’s good that I proved it to her!
Amy: Amazing, for sure I will be tuning in on Friday morning! And would you have any parting words for our audience.
Jed: Ask questions, there are no silly questions. One of my preceptors said to me after I apologized for asking so many questions. “The scary Nurse is the Nurse who doesn’t ask any questions.” And also find something that you can use as an escape, in health care it can be quite emotional, particularly when you are dealing with death, so find something like exercise or meditation that is a positive influence on your health and your life.
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