From zero to 100 in a second

For Madelene Bostrom was the excitement, the challenge and the independent work that attracted her to the job as a specialist nurse in intensive care. In the intensive care unit in Norway and Skellefteå grows her profession by constantly faceing new challenges.

Madelene Bostrom was a fully trained critical care nurse in the summer 2010. Since she made two of three work-based courses in the intensive care in Skellefteå, she started working immediately after graduation til December. She had been in Norway and worked as a general nurse and felt that she wanted to come back and work as a critical care nurse.
- It is a challenge because it is a large intensive care unit and you are faced with high demands, new people and different diseases, says Madelene Bostrom.

She also works in the intensive care in Skellefteå and appreciates the experience she gets from a very wide range of patients and the good work mates.
- The experiences in both Skellefteå and Norway gives me an incredibly broad professional competence.

Well prepared for her professional life

Madelene feels that the program at LTU prepared her very well for their future profession. Understanding the body's vital signs, medications and what the various critical illness does to the body was a real eye-opener.
- This knowledge also helps to get an overall picture of the patient, and it does the job so much fun.

Her thesis of critical care nurses' experiences of caring for patients who have suffered trauma, gave her greater insight of how it works with the preparation, management and debriefing. The thesis gave her theoretical experience that was of great use in her working life. The work also resulted in a scientific article.

See the patient from a holistic perspective

After a few years working Madelene feels that it is in the intensive care she wants to work. She does not know from one day to another what challanges she faces. Being unaware makes the job interesting and she likes when the adrenaline turns on, when it goes from zero to 100 in a second.
- It is about seeing the patient from a holistic perspective and be able to make wise decisions, based on clinical parameters that are constantly changing. It is both exciting and challenging at the same time.

Grew in practice

She recommends to students do their work-based training in various places and do at least one of them on a larger intensive care where it happens a lot.

- In fact, I grew enormously every day and you should take the opportunity to absorb as much knowledge as possible.

Published: 21 February 2012

Luleå University of Technology