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'Saving lives isn't just about resuscitation, it's about helping vulnerable patients to access the right support'

Consultant nurse in emergency care Sarah Charters says mental health is one of the biggest challenges facing EDs

Consultant nurse in emergency care Sarah Charters says mental health is one of the biggest challenges facing EDs

What is your job?

I am a consultant nurse in emergency care; lead for mental health and vulnerable adults in the emergency department (ED) of Southampton General Hospital; and also a flight nursing officer with the RAF Reserves.

Why did you become an emergency nurse?

I worked as a nursing student in the ED of Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth in the autumn of 1987 – the year of the Great Storm. I was entranced by the team spirit, the can-do attitude of the nurses, the mix of patients and the opportunity to help people in crisis. I knew then that I would be an emergency nurse.

How did you progress through your emergency career?

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