Director Peng Tai-Chu and Professor Hsieh Mei-Ling from the Department of Nursing at Tzu Chi University, visited Taipei Tzu Chi General Hospital from July 6th to 7th to aid in the nursing of dust explosion victims. Nearly 500 burn trauma victims from the water park dust explosion are currently being treated in several hospitals respectively, where medical professionals are committed to the recovery of these patients. Taipei Tzu Chi General Hospital also received 12 patients with burns covering 23% to 90% total body surface area (TBSA). In the fundamentals of nursing, Dir. Peng said, students are taught the aseptic techniques and how to approach burn patients. In this case, however, the numbers of burn patients and their burned surface overwhelmed even the experienced nurses. The knowledge of senior burn care nurses are, therefore, remarkably invaluable. Aside from assisting in the nursing of burn patients, Peng and Hsieh are aimed to boost the morale of the frontline nurses.
Peng and Hsieh are primarily responsible on preparing large quantities of medical consumables and dressing the burn patients. “Many of the frontline nurses worked from 7am to 8pm, only to grab a bite of their cold and staled lunch,” Peng said empathetically.
Coincidentally, Huang Han-Hsien and Chen Yu-Wu, both nursing alumni of TCU, are currently servicing in Taipei Tzu Chi General Hospital, attending to the burn patients from the dust explosion. When they encountered their mentors from TCU, the boys, who carried tremendous stress on their shoulders, felt consoled and wept. “We were under their care when we were students, and now that we are working in hospitals, they travelled all the way from Hualien just to assist us,” Huang and Chen said emotionally.
Dir. Peng indicated that the challenge to train a nurse is tremendous, and that makes the experience sharing of senior nurses invaluable. Taiwan should treasure the frontline nurses by offering support and care, she believes, so these nurses could withstand the overwhelming stress in their line of work. In an ongoing endeavor of TCU to nursing education, its Department of Nursing currently plans to recruit a second class in the academic year 2016, to train new group of nurses equipped with techniques, altruism and empathy.
Text: Lee Chia-Yi
Photos: Dept. of Nursing, TCU
Translation: Fang Kai-Ping