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'I remember desperately thinking, I want this man to survive'

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This week, Christine Haycock worked her first night shift. Find out how she got on …

I am currently on placement on a cardiology unit and a couple of days ago I worked my my first night shift.

My mentor explained to me at the start that she had the cardiac arrest bleep and if it went off during the shift I should go with her to experience the event of a cardiac arrest. 

I began my shift as normal doing my paperwork and making sure all my patients were comfortable. Things continued as normal throughout the night. Then at 5.30am the cardiac arrest bleep started making a noise.

We ran to the ward and my heart raced as we sped through the ward doors. What was going to happen? Would they survive? What was I going to be asked to do?

As we went behind the curtains nurses and doctors were already there attending to a man who was unresponsive.

I was told to take over his compressions, I began, doing them as I had been taught. In real life it’s pretty tiring but I felt the adrenaline pumping in, helping me to continue. I had to swap with the other student at one stage but then carried on until unfortunately the doctors had to call the time of death.

I remember desperately thinking, I want this man to survive. And even though I didn’t know him I felt sad and that maybe I had not done enough.

Looking back at the experience now I realise that I did my best. I am just glad that I had this experience as a student nures, as it allowed me to have access to guidance being a student having someone there to guide me threw it.

That experience has made my feelings for this career stronger I know in my heart I am set out to do this.

Christine Haycock is a third year adult branch nurse studying at Wolverhampton University.  

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