University College Cork, Ireland
BSc in Biomedical Science
University Hospital Waterford
Health Service Executive
Favourite thing to do in science: Identifying antibodies in patients blood and making sure they receive the correct blood
About Me: My name is Faye. I'm 24 years old. I work as a Biomedical Scientist in a Haematology and Transfusion Laboratory.
I live in Waterford, Ireland with four other biomedical scientists. 👩🏼🔬🔬I really really enjoy food, I can’t live without chocolate 🍫.I do CrossFit 🏋🏼♀️and my favourite TV show is The Office.
My Work: I'm a scientist in a hospital. I help doctors and nurses find out what's wrong with their patients. I test their blood to see if they are healthy or sick. Sometimes patients need blood donations if they are sick so I give them the correct blood to make them feel better.
A full blood count involves testing a patient’s blood on an analyser that can count the number of cells in your body. It can count the number of white cells, red cells and platelets in your blood. These cells are very important for your health. They can become increased or decreased if you are ill. I also test how well your blood can clot. Say for example, you cut your finger, it will bleed for a little while but then stop, right? This is because little proteins inside your body stop the bleeding for you. Some people are missing these proteins. My job is to test to see if these proteins are present or not. We also look at blood using a microscope to see if your tiny cells are healthy.
My Typical Day: I get up, put on my white lab coat and goggles and gloves. I pick up blood sample and put them on my machine. Then I tell the doctors the results.
My work schedule can vary throughout the week. For the most part I work from 9am-5.30pm. Sometimes I work 12am – 12pm which involves running the laboratory by myself. Sometimes I work 12am-8am, during this shift I work in two laboratories and I sleep in work. I get bleeped if there is an emergency.
I put on my laboratory coat, goggles and gloves and go to whatever bench I’m assigned to. For example, I am on the miscellaneous bench this week which involves a variety of tests to be carried out. In the morning time I get samples ready to send to different parts of Ireland and the UK. This are specialized laboratories that have high tech machines that help in the further diagnosis of patients. I carry out tests such as malaria screens. People get malaria from mosquitoes when they are on holidays and malaria can be very dangerous if not treated.
What I'd do with the money: I would like to hold an open day in the laboratory for primary school and secondary school children.
I would like to hold an open day in the laboratory for primary school and secondary school children. I want to show them how important our role is in helping doctors and nurses in diagnosing and treating patients. It would involve medical scientists from each department in the hospital (haematology, microbiology, transfusion, microbiology and biochemistry) showing the children the laboratory and demonstrate some tests. Our job is very important but a lot of people don’t understand what we do. We need more medical scientists in our hospitals as more and more people are getting ill.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Hardworking, kind and helpful
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What is the most fun thing you've done?
Went to Canada for two months by myself
What did you want to be after you left school?
A scientist, I wanted to help people
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What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
My science teacher
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Be taller, read more and go on holidays every month