From critical care nurse to lecturer: Antonio’s nursing journey

Faculty: Health, Social Care & Education
Department: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult
Category: Nursing and midwifery

7 December 2016

Antonio

I had the life-changing opportunity to come in contact with the nursing profession when I was 18. At that time I was a law student, while in my spare time I was committed to work and manage a group of volunteers. The group was responsible for providing first aid assistance and ambulance transport to chronic patients in a small town in the south of Italy.

This activity offered me the opportunity to discover my community hospital and to get to know the job of a nurse more deeply. After completing my undergraduate studies in the same hospital in 1996, I started working in an intensive care unit in the north of Italy and I was in the role I loved for almost 13 years. During these 13 years, I worked as a critical care nurse in various clinical settings such as the accident and emergency department and the emergency community service cultivating my passion for teaching, tutoring and researching.

Working as a critical care nurse, I always appreciated the increasingly greater autonomy I had in managing my patients. I loved being challenged by different clinical scenarios and continually developing new technical and clinical skills more suitable for my patients’ needs.

An important part of my clinical experience was also developed as a member of the Italian Red Cross Army, particularly when I was deployed as a member of the humanitarian response team in two dramatic occasions: L’Aquila earthquake and G8 (Italy, 2009) and the massive arrival of migrants on the island of Lampedusa (2011).

I completed a Master of Science in Nursing in 2005 and a PhD in 2010, with the aim of improving my teaching and research skills. During my PhD I had the opportunity to be hosted for a semester at the John Moores University in Liverpool and to work for the first time in the British academic and clinical environment. I also had the opportunity to develop several other international experiences by having different academic roles in Spanish, Australian and UAE universities. I have recently started working as a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, where the modern and vibrant campus is beautifully surrounded by a park. This makes it a wonderful working environment, where I hope I will be able to continue teaching and researching in my fields of interest.

Working as a nurse has allowed me to follow my heart and expectations, not only by practising as a clinician but also by combining my passion for teaching, tutoring, researching and volunteering. Nursing opens up a world of opportunities in terms of networking, travelling and contributing to the wellbeing of your own community and family.

In the light of my personal experience I can confidently say that nursing has significantly contributed to my personal development in a human, professional, cultural and ethical perspective.
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