From baker to RCN Wales Nurse of the Year

Last year, Wayne Parsons won the RCN Wales Nurse of the Year award for innovation in nursing after setting up an alcohol treatment centre in Cardiff city centre.  Here, he talks to Jennifer Sprinks about his career so far

After working as a baker for ten years, Wayne Parsons changed vocation to become a healthcare support worker. Last year, he won the RCN Wales Nurse of the Year award for innovation in nursing after setting up an alcohol treatment centre in Cardiff city centre.  Here, he talks to Jennifer Sprinks about his career so far

Abstract

When senior nurse for emergency medicine Wayne Parsons became ‘exasperated’ by the number of people with severe alcohol intoxication presenting to his emergency department (ED), he decided to take action. At the time, Mr Parsons was working night shifts as a charge nurse at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s ED and he thought a new approach was needed to deal with the effects of excessive drinking in Cardiff city centre.

‘In the emergency unit, we were seeing intoxicated people at the same time as medically ill patients, including those with head and neck fractures,’ he recalls. ‘There were tensions between patients and staff.’

In 2012, with the support of his colleagues and the divisional nurse, Mr Parsons set up an alcohol treatment centre (ATC) in Cardiff city centre.

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This article was published under the original title 'Focus on alcohol' in Emergency Nurse, 9 February 2015, volume 22, issue 9. 

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