Career in emergency care clinical nurse education

Brian McEnteggart was a professional dancer for ten years before starting work as an oncology link nurse at University College Hospital, London. Now the hospital’s clinical practice facilitator for emergency care, he tries constantly to strike a balance between education and practice

Brian McEnteggart was a professional dancer for ten years before starting work as an oncology link nurse at University College Hospital, London. Now the hospital’s clinical practice facilitator for emergency care, he tries constantly to strike a balance between education and practice. Here, he talks to Hélène Mulholland about his career so far.

Abstract

Brian McEnteggart, clinical practice facilitator (CPF) for emergency care at University College Hospital, London, recently plastered the broken foot of an Irish dancer in Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance show in London’s West End.

The irony of this was not lost on Mr McEnteggart, who spent ten years as a dancer touring with the show before qualifying as a nurse in 2010. The shoe, as it were, was now on the other foot. ‘Talk about turning things around,’ laughs Mr McEnteggart, who once ended up in plaster himself following a stress fracture to his leg while on tour in the United States.

He recalls how the ‘seed for nursing’ was planted in him when he was 12 years old, when his home in Ireland became a thoroughfare for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals attending to his grandmother, who had had a stroke.  He signed up for a one-year access-to-nursing course after leaving school, then switched to a professional dancing career.

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This article was published under the original title 'Keeping staff in step' in Emergency Nurse, 10 July 2015, volume 23, issue 4. 

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