The C Word

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I know you can’t go an hour without hearing the dreaded C word, & I don’t want to spend too long writing about it now, as I’m well aware there are billions of resources already available if you needed them.


But I have to write this post on it, as it’s been the cause of radio silence for the last 2 months!


Normally I work in oncology/haematology but when cases first started in the UK I volunteered to work the new covid-19 ward….and then promptly caught coronavirus due to lack of appropriate PPE!


I was ill for 3 weeks, hospitalised for a short stay & still have lingering symptoms now. But I am very grateful that I was one of the lucky ones & only had it mildly.


I am very sad to say that some of my colleagues were not so lucky.


Our charge nurse ended up in ITU on a ventilator but thankfully recovered & is now home. His husband sadly also fell ill & had to be ventilated in ITU. But he did not recover & passed away. Our healthcare support worker & her husband, also both had to be admitted to ITU & ventilated. They both passed away.



I never once thought back in February that this would hit us so hard. That I would lose my colleague like this. They are more than just colleagues, they are our second family, our work family. To say that it has been difficult & these are tragic times is an understatement.


I know that many, if not all of you, reading this right now are struggling. Trying to come to terms with loss.


I have been saying to anyone who will listen, we have to look after each other. We have to support each other & help each other in any way we can. Everywhere teams are being split up & rearranged beyond recognition. Everyone is scared. Even those mean bed managers who always shout at everyone!


All we can do is try to pull together & be understanding of others.


Throughout the UK all the student nurses, registered nurses, managers, healthcare support workers, doctors, paramedics, domestics, hospitality staff, porters, lab techs, dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists etc. we are all one giant team working together to beat this & we must make sure it doesn’t beat us!  


Image by Thomas Morgan


A special mention in particular has to go out to all of those in the 2017 cohort, & the appalling treatment & sacrifices you have endured. Whether you opted in or out, it was a choice you should have never been forced to make. There are a number of petitions running calling on the government to write off this ridiculous student debt that should never have been allowed in the first place.


Please sign & share the petition below.


Image by Jessica Collins


Moving forward with The Student Nurse Guide I want to continue to support students & share positive news equally with useful information on covid-19 that is specific to student nurses. I am all too aware of what it feels like living non-stop coronavirus, so rest assured this space won’t fall into that trap! Connect with The Student Nurse Guide & let me know what you would like to see more of? Would it be useful to read what it feels like having covid-19 from a nurse’s perspective? Self-care tips for those on placement? How to stay healthy & focused on academic work at home? Send us an email at [email protected]


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