National Nurses Day: X1’s Q&A with NHS Key Worker

Thu, 7 May 2020 X1 Back to blog

Q&A with our Real Life Superheroes 🌈

This is the perfect time for National Nurses Day, don’t you agree?

We can’t thank our nurses enough for their hard work, bravery and care given to each patient day in day out. Especially during this time, COVID-19 is really reinforcing just how amazing our nurses are.

 We wanted to share National Nurses Day by giving you an insight into the day in a life of an NHS key worker.

And what better way than to interview one of our X1 residents, Donna!

Which hospital do you work in?

I work in Warrington Teaching Hospital.

What is your job role?

Originally my role is a community dietitian, however in recent weeks I have been redeployed to the Palliative Care Team. Within this role I am a support worker.

Here I care for those who have serious illness, many of which have COVID-19.

We recognise that emotional, spiritual, family and financial worries might be just as important to patients as physical problems. 

In my day to day work, I ensure patients are comfortable and in no pain, they have everything they need, carry out essential mouth-care and personal care when required among other things.

What inspired you for this role?

During this difficult time there are many patients in hospital that are very unwell and unfortunately they are unable to have relatives visit them due to many reasons.

I felt it was important to do my bit to ensure that these patients felt they had someone there for them. Even if it is for something as simple as holding their hand and listening to their stories.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

It is a very rewarding role – despite this being a relatively new post for me. Having that one to one contact with patients that are so unwell and making a difference is quite an amazing feeling! 

If you could say one thing to the nation, what would it be?

Take care of yourself and those people around you. Even if it is having a phone call with a friend or getting the essential groceries for your neighbour when you are getting yours. 😊 

What’s your favourite thing to do to unwind from work?

For me it has to be sitting down to watch a documentary on Netflix or going out for a walk to clear my head. 

Donna is one of many inspiring, selfless key workers who are working day and night across the world right now.

If you would like any top tips on health and nutrition, Donna has an amazing Instagram page where she shares all her advice and tips- @donnathedietitian

On behalf of the whole X1 Team, we wanted to express our appreciation for our real life superheroes. To all our key workers, thank you 👏