A few weeks ago I was over the moon to hear that I had been selected as one of Nursing Times’ inaugural Rising Stars 2015. Today we were invited to a lovely reception at the Soho Hotel, with a truly inspiring speech from Brian Boyle (and free drinks!)
If you haven’t heard of Brian Boyle, like I hadn’t, I suggest you look him up. A healthcare advocate and motivational speaker, Brian was involved in a horrific car crash a few weeks after graduating high school. He suffered absolutely horrendous injuries and went through some gruelling months in ICU and in rehab. Amazingly not only did he pull through, which was miraculous in itself, he went in to compete in several Ironman tournaments. Ironman is an extreme triathlon event: a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile cycle, topped with a marathon at the end.
Competing in such events is admirable even if you are fit and healthy, but given Brian’s medical history it is astounding he completed one let alone several (I lost track of how many he did!). But the most inspirational aspect of his riveting presentation was not his sporting accomplishments but his genuine passion for healthcare and respect for the professionals that aided his recovery.
To hear Brian speak so highly of the nurses that looked after him filled me with such pride to be part of this profession. Although I work in a completely different area to ICU the underlying principles of providing compassionate care remain the same.
I was nominated for my work in raising awareness of mental health nursing via social media, something that I cannot take full credit for. I have no idea who nominated me but I am eternally thankful – not for the accolade but for the recognition that what I am part of is important. I am a newly qualified nurse in my first post, not always right but trying to do the right thing. And what is so special about Nuraing Times naming 25 influential newly qualified/student nurses is that is emphasises that we do make a difference in a career that quite often gets a bad rap.