Name: Melody Kwatemah Agyei-Fedieley
Qualification: Registered Nurse, Advanced Diploma in Nurse Anaesthesia, BSc Nursing, MPhil Physiology
Secondary School/s attended: Mawuli Senior High School, Ho-Volta Region
Tertiary Institution/s attended: Nurses Training College – Korle Bu, Nurse Anesthesia Training School – Kumasi, and Univeristy of Ghana – Legon
- I got in to my job 8 years ago as an anesthetist by opting to work at Ridge hospital where there was shortage of anesthetist coupled with huge work load after my mandatory houseman ship. I felt the hospital I used to work as a general nurse (Ridge) needs the services of anesthetist to enhance the quality and effectiveness of emergency care delivery and I could avail myself for that.
- My day usually starts at 8am and ends at 8pm when on day duty and 8pm and ends at 8am the next day when on night duty. I actually run a 12 hour duty because of the theatre I happen to find myself, the 24 hour emergency theatre and the obstetric theatre.
- On a typical day, I check my anesthetic machines and equipment to make sure they are in good working conditions to start my shift duty. I also make sure I have oxygen available and all my emergency drugs and other anesthetic drugs are readily available. I check on my theatre list for the scheduled cases for the shift.
Anesthesia is an interdisciplinary profession and therefore together with my surgeon and operating room nurse, we prioritize the emergency cases for the day to help with a quick turn over of cases. Every case is assessed prior to anesthesia. Where patients request for labour analgesia at the labour ward, I attend to them. In emergency situations where Intravenous assess is needed for a patient in other wards I am called to assist. I only have my break when my cases are exhausted in the theatre otherwise until I close my shift.
- The best part of my job is the responsibility of temporarily ‘taking away someone’s breath’ and bringing it back after surgery and also putting smiles in the face of a labouring woman in agonizing pain after anesthesia.
- The worst part of my job is seeing a patient die after a hectic surgery because of unavailability of blood for timely transfusion.
- A memorable moment I have had will be the times I had put smiles in the face of many pregnant women in severe labour pains for safe delivery through single shot labour analgesia. I can’t also forget the moment I had to do a timely cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for a patient who had cardiac arrest on the theatre table, he later regained consciousness and was discharged home.
- Outside of work I love teaching and I give voluntary health education to church groups. I also love watching news and listening to country music at my leisure time. I love being with my children and helping them with their homework.
- My advice is determination and hardwork are the keys to success. With God as the pivot of every step you take, having a good mentor to look up to and above all focusing in achieving your dreams, the sky will be the beginning of greater achievements in your life as a scientist.