Compassion for a patient transformed career
A moment of compassion for a patient transformed the career of Joan Pons Laplana, who tells Cathy Comerford why he champions change and diversity
A moment of compassion for a patient transformed the career of Joan Pons Laplana, who tells Cathy Comerford why he champions change and diversity.
Joan Pons Laplana’s nursing career has not been linear, which perhaps befits a man who believes in ‘horizontal power’ and challenges hierarchy.
The signs were there 20 years ago when, studying for a degree in critical care in Barcelona, his role model was maverick TV paediatrician Doug Ross, from the series ER.
‘I do not like routine – I like to be challenged. I thought A&E was the thing for me. I wanted to be the next George Clooney,’ he says.
Having come to England to work, it was this rebellious spirit that led Joan to a decision that turned his approach to nursing upside down.
This article was first published in print under the original title 'Beyond the expected' in Nursing Standard: 26 August 2015, volume 29, issue 52.