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OPINION

'Don’t worry, we are here to look after you'

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Nursing Times blogger Stuart Young on what inspired him to become a nurse.

With my critical care placement is in full swing I have not had much spare time to blog. I realised the other day that I have never explained what inspired me to become a nurse.

Having turned 21 and left home I found myself in a complicated relationship with a partner that was too quick to use his hands to make a point in conversation

One day something happened that caused a trigger within our relationship, and I found myself unconscious. Next to me gently touching my hand was a young staff nurse I was in main x-ray on a spine board and no sensation from the middle of my spine to the tip of my toes.

He said gently “It is alright, don’t worry we are here to look after you”

I left hospital 24 hours later, with luckily nothing more than bruising - inspired to make a difference to other people’s lives.

Having become a nursing student at Birmingham City University a few years later I went on a variety of clinical placements. The last patient I cared for in my foundation year was in hospital for unplanned major cardiac surgery she was extremely nervous, anxious and was feeling all alone having been spoken to by the Consultant left with more questions than answers, I saw here sat in bed in floods of tears

I found myself on my knees next to a patient in their bed, with a sense of déjà vous, looking into their eyes

“It is alright, don’t worry we are here to look after you”

I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to create a digital story with Pilgrim Projects and Patient Voices, to see and hear my story look here: patientvoices.org.uk/flv/0421pv384.htm

About the author

Stuart Young is a third year student nurse and RCN student member of council

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