Louise McClafferty

BSc Nursing Studies 2019

RN - Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank

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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.

I currently work as a Cardiac Scrub Nurse, but am being trained in both ward and intensive care nursing. 

When I qualified as a registered nurse in September, I expected to be challenged. I expected to learn and stumble. I expected to be pushed out with my comfort zones and I embraced it. 

What I didn’t expect was a global pandemic. I didn’t expect to be afraid for my patients, my colleagues and my own physical and mental health in a situation that’s so very unpredictable. 

I’ve been struggling, as everyone has, to come to terms with this strange and uncomfortable world we’re currently living in. I’ve been feeling pitiful for myself; wondering why this had to happen at the start of my career - wishing that I could feel safe.

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?

Now I realise that THIS is why I became a nurse - to help people. To thrive in the camaraderie amongst my peers despite the fear and stress we feel.

To hold someone’s hand during their most vulnerable and desperate moments. To advocate and protect my patient when they don’t have a voice. 

I am a nurse, and I am proud and determined to fight this pandemic alongside my medical colleagues throughout the world.

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