“I cry with exhaustion and overwhelming stress with every shift. I do not want to feel like this anymore.”
“What the Tories have done for Nursing. A message from a nurse: Well NHS…. I’m 7 months post qualification and you have broken me. Today:
Finally compiled my priorities to get on with my septic patient and the alarm bell goes. Cardiac arrest, our priorities suddenly shift. As we all click into action like a well oiled machine, others end up waiting even longer. Corridor is full of queueing ambulances and we’ve nowhere to put them. Phone is ringing out as there is nobody to answer it.
After almost an hour of trying we didn’t get our patient back…..RIP.
We have just enough time to call relatives in and the red phone goes, severe asthma and young. Rush into resus to prep what we anticipate to need, patient arrives looking dreadful and observations confirmed it. Then another arrest. Again, we click into action. This is what we’ve trained so hard for… right?
What’s even sadder, is that I’ve had to work extra agency shifts to be able to afford a 4 day UK caravan holiday for my family. Nothing posh or fancy, just time away for the holidays. What was leftover from my wages wasn’t enough to cover it.
The NHS is on its knees, and we are too xx”