Claire Gillespie

BSc Adult Nursing 2019
Acute Medical Ward, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Tell us in more detail what your role entails, what challenges you currently face, and how you are finding ways to cope.
Many of my patients present with cardiac and respiratory conditions, falls, diabetes and we are also the dedicated Parkinson’s disease ward. More recently we also have had patients who are confirmed to have covid 19. At first I found this a very daunting, scary and challenging prospect, especially as a newly qualified nurse. However, my job is to care for my patients and I feel very proud to be a part of the front line. I’m following safety guidelines from our NHS by using ppe provided, washing my hands regularly alongside many more rules to keep us safe. I love being a nurse and while I didn’t expect this to be my experience of a new nurse, I’m learning so much every day and providing the best quality patient care that I can. I’ve made the decision to place my two young daughters into isolation with my vulnerable mother who is my usual childcare for the next 12 weeks to keep them all safe from this virus due to my job also. I miss them and I visit outside the window every day. But this means I can work hard for our NHS and try to fight this virus and protect my family at the same time. Sometimes we need to sacrifice to serve the greater good.

Do you have a top tip for coping at a time of crisis? Or a few words of advice or support for fellow students and alumni on the front line?
A word to anyone out there who’s reading this. Stay home. Stay safe. The sooner people comply the sooner this virus will stop, the sooner people will stop dying, the sooner our lives can go back to normal and people like myself can get back to their babies. You actions directly affect us all. Let’s work together by staying apart. Take care.