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Asma Zarif

Asma Zarif

Theatre Practitioner/ Staff Nurse
Portswood, Southampton


About Asma Zarif:

A highly talented, conscientious and passionate nurse: flexible, pro-active, keen team player and enthusiastic in providing exceptional care for patients whilst leading a team of registered and junior nurses; professional individual with the ability to manage a varied and demanding workload. Effectively communicating with other medical professionals, as well as educating patients and family members about their procedure, illness and next step ahead. I am capable to promote a positive culture, deliver a high-quality service, and mentoring junior practitioners, as we lead into the management and expansion of our service.  


Theatre Practitioner October 2021 - Present - University of Southampton Hospital Neurosurgery and Neuro Interventional Radiology [Adults & Paediatric] - Preparing all necessary complex instruments, including microscopes, endoscopes, aspirators, and ultrasounds. Ensure the theatre has been cleaned before the trolley is set. Positioning the patient on the operating table. Working with surgeons to prepare and provide instruments, needles, swabs and other materials as required during all stages of the operation: before [assist assembling the drapes/ set mayo and trolleys near drape/ secure suction tubes and cautery cord], during [maintain sterile throughout operation/awareness of the patient safety] and end [counts/clear away instrument/ assist with applying dressing/ remove drapes/ prepare to recovery/ complete documentation/ handover]. 

Responsible for the surgical instruments, equipment, needle, and swabs count. 

Catheterising, cannulating, and taking bloods for patients for GA cases where is required.  

Advising patients and families on recovery plans [Local cases], as well as ways to deal with stress and anxiety. 

Supervising junior nursing staff and assisting them with patient care plans. Dealing with complaints promptly and in-line with the hospital policies. 


Emergency Skills 

Picking bank shifts at A&E throughout the 2 years of my nursing career has allowed me to achieve skills of a first aider that enable an aid professional to respond to individuals who are unwell or have an injury. I developed many skills which helped me to become a confident nurse, such as: attention to detail; follow the necessary procedures when responding to emergencies, ability to work in stressful situations by responding to a medical emergency it requires quick decision-making that might be stressful, communication skills to be able to assist to calm and reassure individuals experiencing distress, bleeding control referring to skills that aid in stopping bleeding and preventing blood loss which involves applying pressure on the source of bleeding to minimise it. Additionally, other specific technical skills such as: Basic Life Support (BLS) which is form of care provided to any individual experiencing cardiac arrest, breathing difficulties or a blocked airway and automated external defibrillator (AED) which is skills related to using an AED to aid individuals experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.  


Team Leader January 2020 - December 2021 - Mayflower Court 

Team Leader - Professionally leading the care team during any span of duty, ensuring a safe, effective and efficient care service is maintained. Having excellent communication skills, written, verbal and listening; a caring and compassionate attitude towards patients and staff to be able to feel comfortable in approaching me regarding any issue. 

The ability to lead the team to ensure all tasks are completed to the highest possible standards and deal with emergencies; with correct documentation filled 

Assisting and organising of staff rota. Organising and teaching moving and handling & Basic Life Support [BLS] trainings for all staff in care service.  


Care Assistant April 2018 - January 2020 - Mayflower Court 

Assisting in meeting the daily needs of patients and in the provision of physical and emotional care and working as part of a team to achieve the required standards. Responsible for the provision of personal and basic health care to clients, assisting them to gain confidence in the performance of their day-to-day self-care chores. Duties: Keeping up to date records on patients, including daily observations about activities and any medication administered. Instructing patients on health matters and personal habits to do with hygiene and diet. Helping to organize and participate in recreational activities. Serving meals, drinks and refreshments. Attending staff meetings with senior managers.  


University of Southampton, Southampton, September 2018 - August 2021 

Nursing BSc Health Science & Adult Nursing 


Southampton City College, Southampton, September 2016 - June 2018 

Level 3 Health & Social Care Extended Diploma 

Grade - D* D* D* 

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