The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have praised a student nurse who shared a “day in the life of” video on TikTok.
On Wedneday, Kensington Palace shared a TikTok that Abigail McGarvey created detailing her routine on an evening shift.
In the video, McGarvey speaks about each the issues she loves in regards to the job, and its challenges, notably through the pandemic.
The Ulster University student is seen wiping away a tear alongside textual content which reads: “There’s such incredible days and some days that are so so hard”.
Text within the clip reads: “Caring for people puts me as a student nurse in a very privileged position as many of these people are extremely vulnerable.
“In offering person-centred care, we frequently type shut relationships with sufferers and watching them turning into unwell and maybe dying means we have now to develop the resilience to deal with that.”
McGarvey, a first-year adult nursing student, had the chance to speak to William and Kate on Wednesday about her work.
She said that her experiences have confirmed that this is the job she “was meant to do”, and also told the royals that her sister, mother and grandmother were nurses too.
Kate replied: “Compassion and empathy clearly run sturdy in your loved ones then.”
The nurse also opened up about the difficulties of nursing during a pandemic.
The 18-year-old said: “You do not have the households there to assist the sufferers and it’s a must to give them a lot extra.”
In a comment on Instagram, the teenager thanked the couple for an “unimaginable expertise”.
The royals also spoke to a group of nursing trainees from Ulster University.
The Duchess told the group: “Nursing is without doubt one of the most trusted professions within the nation, so that you could not have chosen a greater profession alternative and it is wanted now greater than ever.
“You’ve got almost three generations now – those coming back from retirement but also you guys doing your training who are stepping up – it shows real commitment and real teamwork, and it should really be celebrated, so really well done.”
William mentioned: “It’s very difficult for you guys to go straight into a pandemic I would imagine, that’s really baptism by fire as they say, isn’t it?”
Third yr nursing student Lisa Semerdzhieva replied: “Yes, right, although it was frightening at the start, you know, you really want to go out more.
“Now you possibly can’t wait to get again out and practise, to really feel such as you’re serving to, you recognize, as a result of that’s what we have been born to do actually.”