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.

Abstract

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.

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This article was first published in print under the original title 'Beyond the expected' in Nursing Standard: 26 August 2015, volume 29, issue 52.

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