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Katrina Quinn
Senior sister, MSEU

The medical short-stay emergency unit or MSEU cares for patients admitted to the emergency department who are expected to stay for anything up to 72 hours.

As senior sister in such a busy and diverse unit, it’s important that as well as making sure everything runs smoothly and safely, that I support the team to be able to think on their feet.

It can be a very exciting place to be – we see medical emergencies of all kinds and a lot of cardiac cases. It’s a 26 bed unit and on a typical day we can discharge around 10 patients, before immediately filling up those beds again.

I’ve been here for 20 years and in that time I’ve been a healthcare assistant (HCA) in radiology and in 1992, worked as one of the first nursing assistants in the emergency assessment unit. It’s incredibly busy here as you might imagine, but this is a great team and we always find the time to support each other when the opportunity comes along for promotion or development. I was given support by the Trust to fast-track some of my nursing training at Anglia Ruskin University.

There are plenty of opportunities to be had here and although it’s always busy, it’s rewarding. We get great patient feedback in the MSEU and we’re well-respected by the rest of the Trust.