Student nurse Hannah Bridger salutes the nurses and patients who are unable to spend the festive season with their families
On the journey to Yorkshire to spend Christmas with my family, my heart and thoughts go out to those patients who I have left behind in hospital over Christmas & New Year. The heartbreak and guilt of family members leaving their loved ones in hospital at this time of year.
I still remember saying goodbye to my Grandad, leaving him in his freshly made hospital bed on Christmas day while we all went home for our turkey dinner. Having spent time as a student nurse and HCA, I can now sympathise, even more, about the patients who are left behind.
However, patients are not the only ones left in hospital at Christmas, I now appreciate the nurses that comfort them throughout this time of year. The nurses who have sacrificed Christmas day with their family, some, admirably, through choice and some through an unfortunate off duty!
I do understand that Nursing is a 24/7 career and yet I have absolute respect for the nurses who do their best to make it slightly more bearable for patients and families.
So while I sit here typing this blog and watching a Christmas movie, I realise how lucky I am to be relaxing with family and I think, while I am still in nurse training, that I appreciated having no obligation to work over the Christmas break!
Happy holidays to all patients and Nurses.