Student Nurse commended for quick thinking and calm approach

A final year student nurse from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences has been commended for her quick thinking and calm approach when tending to a seriously injured member of the public.

Lowri DavidLowri David, who studies adult nursing at the University’s St David’s Park campus in Carmarthen, was asked to assist at the scene of serious accident, where a cyclist had fallen off her push bike. She has since received a letter of thanks from members of the Fishguard Ambulance station, who attended the incident.

In the letter, Paramedic Ruth Hardern and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Chris Richards state that Lowri was quick to volunteer her assistance and undertook all instructions calmly, quickly, and efficiently. They also expressed their appreciation, calling Lowri a credit to Swansea University and to her future profession.

Lowri said: “I thought someone would just need a cut cleaning up and a plaster put on but as I arrived I could see that they were very unwell. The ambulance arrived shortly afterwards and I worked with them to stabilise the person involved. It was soon clear that the air ambulance would need to be involved and once they had arrived I was allocated roles within the team as we continued to stabilise the person involved in the incident, and prepare them ready to be airlifted to hospital.

“Receiving a letter from the ambulance service a few days later was so overwhelming and unexpected, but re-affirmed my passion for nursing in highly critical environments.  The letter has given me confidence in what I do, and has given me the drive to continue doing what I love; helping those when they most need it.”

Senior Nursing Lecturer and Lowri’s academic tutor, Elaine Jones, said: “Lowri is a focused and diligent student, conscientious and committed to achieve her goals, I am extremely proud of how she performed in this situation.”