Nursing studies

Leading on a cardiac arrest made me confident in giving CPR

Aiding a woman after a heart attack made a student more confident in handling emergencies and giving CPR

Aiding a woman after a heart attack made a student more confident in handling emergencies and giving CPR

Three weeks into my first year of nurse training I led the resuscitation attempt on a woman having an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

It was October 2016, and I was at a bingo hall with my mother and late grandmother when the woman, who was in her fifties, collapsed.

By the time I reached her a crowd had gathered around her and she had been put in the recovery position. But I noticed she was showing signs of cyanosis.


At university that day we had received basic life support (BLS) training. Remembering the first aid mnemonic DR ABC – danger, response, airway, breathing and circulation –


Want to read more?

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first three months:

  • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Nursing Standard
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?