Richard Harvey

BA mental Health Nursing 2010

Bed Manager and Clinical Nurse Management Support
Ayrshire and Arran NHS

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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.

My role entails prioritising beds based upon clinical need for adult and over 65s in Ayrshire and Arran. The other part of my job is supporting the 3 clinical nurse managers in their role. This can take many forms such as representing them at meetings and reviewing significant events. 

During this time it has been quite stressful for the staff that I manage due to uncertainty about the challenges the covid 19 is placing on the health service as a whole. For myself it is proving to be a difficult time as beds can be in short supply and the situation is  evolving on a daily basis with staffing and beds. 

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?

How I'm finding ways to cope is keeping up some type of gym regime. I do powerlifting and had a few competitions this year but already some have been cancelled. So I am currently doing home work outs. I am also speaking with my family and friends on a regular basis to check in with them and any support I can assist with I'll help with.

Top tip for front line staff is wash your hands! I have the upmost respect for students who are finishing early in order to help out with staffing shortage. But also take the time to look after your own mental health and use support networks for helping you get by in this challenging time.

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