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Aristea loves being a nurse in Sweden

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Aristea Bergström was born in Volos, Greece and has lived most of her life in Sweden. For the last 25 years she has worked as a surgical nurse. "Providing advanced care and keeping patients under complete observation suits me perfectly" she says.

Operationssjuksköterska

At the Surgical Clinic of Sunderby Hospital in northern Sweden, the staff work in teams which usually consist of three people, a surgical nurse, an anaesthetics nurse and an orderly. The team work together all day along with one or more surgeons. "It's important that the surgical nurse is a team-player. We're dependent on each other".

Beeing a surgical nurse

As a surgical nurse she takes care of the patient before and during the operation. She makes sure that the patient is informed about the surgical procedure to be performed, cleans and clothes the patient in the required manner and ensures that all the necessary instruments are in the right place. The surgeon and Aristea then carry out the operation together, where she is responsible for sterility, the instruments, apparatus and to dress wounds. After the operation she pass the patient over to the recovery room, making sure that the surgeon's orders go with him/her. "Concentrating on one patient at a time is one of the best things about my job", she says.

There are constant new developments in the field of surgery. Staff have to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in equipment and methods so training and education are very important.

Sunderby hospital was built 15 years ago. As early as the planning and construction stage, the staff had a say in the design and layout of the hospital. "One feature I like are the large windows in the operating rooms. It's nice to see daylight and the landscape outside even while we're operating".

Normal working hours are 07.00-16.00. During this time, both planned and emergency operations are carried out. Outside normal working hours, only emergency surgery is performed.

In the spare time

Aristea Bergström now lives in Boden, about twenty minutes by car from the hospital. She has two children and is very happy with both the child day-care and the Swedish school system. After school and working hours there are plenty of organisations, clubs and societies to join. One of Aristea's children plays football while the other does individual sports. "Whatever you want to do, there's a club or society for it. In Sweden nobody needs to sit at home alone. It's easy to become part of the community".

There are also plenty of wide-open spaces and wilderness in northern Sweden. You can go hiking on the inland mountains in both winter and summer. The coast is a splendid area for sea-bathing and in winter the water is covered by a thick layer of ice. "In winter, lots of people go out onto the sea ice just to take a walk or have a picnic. It's incredibly beautiful", says Aristea. 

2 oktober 2015
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