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Nursing student uses newly-acquired skills to saves a man’s life

Anica Gray was on way to university when she spotted man and performed CPR 

Anica Gray was on way to university when she spotted man and performed CPR 


Nursing student Anica Gray

A quick-thinking nursing student has been praised for saving the life of a man by using skills she had learned just weeks before.

Anica Gray was driving to campus at Northumbria University in Newcastle last month when she saw a man who had collapsed unconscious by the side of the road.

Collaborative effort

The second-year adult nursing student was first on the scene, followed by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Ms Gray and the fire and rescue team worked together to deliver the basic protocol for life support, including CPR, until paramedics arrived.

Ms Gray, who had recently finished a placement on a critical care unit where she had practised life-saving skills, said: ‘I would not have been able to put my skills into practice without the knowledge I had gained from university.

‘I was able to work alongside the fire and rescue service, and as a team we were very calm and organised.

‘I felt confident and proud of my work and involvement in saving a man’s life.’

Ms Gray was commended for her actions by Northumbria University head of department for nursing, midwifery and health Alison Machin.

‘Outstanding’ work

‘As well as using her recently learned life-saving CPR skills, she acted in a highly professional manner, was calm under pressure and displayed excellent interprofessional teamworking skills,’ Ms Machin said.

‘To be able to effectively apply her knowledge to practice and manage this experience while still a student is outstanding.

‘I’m sure the future will hold great things for Anica when she graduates next year.’


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