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Exclusive: Nurses save man’s life while at RCN congress

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Three nurses from the North West attending the Royal College of Nursing Congress in Bournemouth have been credited with helping save a man’s life after he collapsed outside their hotel.

The trio of nurses – who asked not to be named – had returned to their hotel at lunchtime to find the elderly man lying on the pavement outside.

“It is part and parcel of being a nurse but I think the way they acted is a tribute to the profession”

Suzane Butler

They immediately took action to care for the man and his wife, who was with him when he fell.

The three nurses – who did not know each other before the RCN conference – had travelled to the event together in a car with community nurse Suzanne Butler.

They told Ms Butler, an RCN board member for the North West, what happened.

“They are very modest and were keen to protect the identity of the patient so don’t want to be named,” she told Nursing Times. “They said they were just doing their job as nurses.

“They put the man in the recovery position and phoned an ambulance,” she said. “While they were waiting for the ambulance they did a clinical assessment, got a list of his medication and past medical history so when the ambulance driver arrived they could just give him the list.”

The nurses were different ages and work in a variety of sectors with the group made up of an adult nurse, community nurse and school nurse.

Ms Butler said it was remarkable how well they worked together as a team to deal with the stressful situation.

“The biggest thing was they all knew they had a role to play, so the children’s nurse called the ambulance,” she said. “Obviously we’re in Bournemouth so we’re not close to home so she had to try and find the name of street so the paramedic crew knew where to come.

“It was probably what any other nurses at the conference would have done, but it was just how well they all worked together having never met before,” said Ms Butler.

“They phoned me to up say they had missed lunch and were running a bit late for the voting in the afternoon, because they were waiting for an ambulance and making sure the man’s wife was okay,” she said.

“They said it had been a stressful day – you expect this kind of thing in work but don’t expect to find it at a conference walking into your hotel,” she added.

The nurses said they did not yet know what had caused the man to collapse but he is understood to be in hospital having further tests.

“The gentleman and his wife were staying at the same hotel and in the morning the wife came up to say ‘Thank you, you saved his life’,” Ms Butler told Nursing Times.

“It is part and parcel of being a nurse but I think the way they acted is a tribute to the profession,” she said.

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Readers' comments (7)

  • Just goes to show how well nurses can work together... Well Done!!!

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  • Couldn't have picked a better place to collapse really. Well done to those Nurses.

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  • Well done all. Good to see they were not inappropriately intimidated by fear of litigation and put the well being of the person first.

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  • Hear, hear, Anon 7.38 pm. Let's hope all of us would have done exactly the same.

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  • michael stone

    Indeed, well done.

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  • “The biggest thing was they all knew they had a role to play, so the children’s nurse called the ambulance,”

    Knowing Suzanne I'm sure she could have worded this differently...

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  • Well done, friends. Doing their job in their spare time!

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