Working Life: Yvonne Young, group assistant director of nursing

Working Life: Yvonne Young, group assistant director of nursing

Yvonne Young, group assistant director of nursing, University of Limerick Hospitals Group and National Sepsis Team

5.30am

I hit the switch on the coffee machine, pull on my runners, grab a coffee and head to a workout class delivered by Limerick hurler Barry Hennessy.

I needed to improve my diet and lifestyle. My Mom has diabetes resulting in terrible complications, including bilateral below- knee amputations. 

She has dialysis at UHL three days a week, where the staff are amazing.

After class, it’s home for a quick shower and breakfast and goodbyes to my lovely husband and three sons, before we all go in different directions.

8am

I review my emails and return some phone calls. I deliver sepsis education to our new junior doctors who are so engaged.

One in five people who develop sepsis die, but with early recognition and treatment this risk is reduced.

Since 2015, because of increased awareness and engagement by healthcare workers, there has been a 20.5% decrease in inpatient sepsis-related mortality.

Working Life: Yvonne Young, group assistant director of nursing

9.50am

I meet with people from our local and national HSE communications team about a sepsis awareness video we have made as part of a public-awareness campaign.

Also involved is a survivor of sepsis and her mom and a sister who unfortunately lost her brother to sepsis.

It was quite an emotional experience and difficult to hear their stories and the devastating impact of sepsis on their lives. but I am so grateful to them for sharing. 

Not only could it save a life but it reminded me of why I go to work and do the job that I do.

2pm

I have lunch with colleagues before my next meeting with the ‘Learning for Lives’ team whom I travelled to Ghana with last month. 

Learning for Lives is a ULHG and UL collaboration in partnership with the National Health Service of Ghana. 

240 community health planning and services workers have now been educated with basic lifesaving skills.

We also delivered specialist instruction in hand hygiene, sepsis, physiotherapy, nutrition and neonatal care, in the community and to hospital staff.

6.30pm

I get home, collect my youngest and meet some friends for a quick bite. 

I’m usually in bed with a book by 10.30pm but before I do, I try and catch up on everyone else’s day.

  • For information on sepsis go to www.hse.ie/sepsis

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