FRANCE, Charlotte

Charlotte

Dec 17, 2020

France

What is your job title?

Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse

At which Ramsay site do you work?

The Jacques Cartier Private Hospital (France).

For how long have you worked as a nurse?

I should have graduated in November 2011 but my accident, which occurred a few months before, forced me to interrupt all training. [A serious motorbike accident deprived Charlotte of one of her arms.]

Thanks to the CRIP of Castelnau le lez, which includes a Nursing Training Institute (IFSI) that trains people with the recognition of disabled workers, I was able to resume in February 2013, after my file was validated by a guardianship commission. Then, I obtained my diploma in July 2013 and the adventure could finally begin! I first worked at the blood depot of the Jacques Cartier Private Hospital, but I missed the human contact and teamwork. The opportunity to enter cardiac rehabilitation in March 2017 as a nurse came at just the right time.

Today, despite my disability, I can carry out all my missions independently and, when necessary, a colleague helps me with the most technical care.

What is your favourite thing about being a nurse?

Our role is to offer therapeutic education. We are here to help patients with all types of heart pathologies to live better in their daily lives, through advice and increased autonomy. We will also explain to them the particularities of their disease, the associated treatment and answer all their questions. Some of them are sometimes in shock, they don't realize what is happening to them and our goal will be to assess their level of understanding and explain to them why it is important to follow the drug treatment that may be prescribed to them. What I like most is really the relationship with the patient. You make yourself useful in a very complicated moment. Our mission is accomplished when the patients realise that cardiac rehabilitation, which is not compulsory, has been essential for them. This recognition and the teamwork I like very much.

What are your aspirations for the future?

My objective is to continue to train while remaining in this department that is close to my heart. For example, I have had the opportunity to follow an university diploma in pain management and I use it regularly. It has only been three years since I discovered therapeutic education and for the moment everything encourages me to continue in this branch.