Dealing with various aspects of patient care provides a sense of satisfaction. Based on their interests, nurses can also choose to work in specialties ranging from gerontology to ophthalmology.
I am thankful to VisionSave for their support, which enabled me to take up this upskilling course that has enabled me to learn and do more for patients with eye diseases. I still feel amazed at overcoming worry about injecting a patient’s eye.
A typical workday involves doing our best to assure patients that the injection is being administered properly. We also educate patients on dos and don’ts prior to receiving the IVT injection.
As an IVT nurse injector, I have developed the skill of controlling the timing of anesthetic eye drops. I have also learnt to calm and comfort patients prior to treatment through small talk with them.
The first thing I was taught during my IVT training was to inject a pig’s eye. Professor Ian Yeo guided us extensively through the training, educating us on the proper steps. This, in turn, has given me more confidence when it comes to injecting a human eye.
Encountering patients or even patients’ next of kin who are unreasonable.
It is rewarding to see patients expressing joy after receiving treatment. It also warms our heart to witness a simple ‘thank you’ gesture from the patient.
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