Nurses Day: Lecturer shares poem inspired by Salford students

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Lecturer in Children and Young People’s Nursing, Amanda Kelly, has penned a poem inspired by Salford student nurses who have been contributing to the workforce during the pandemic.

Amanda Kelly

After dabbling on and off with poetry, Amanda decided to try a writing class in January.

She wanted to write something to recognise the efforts of the nursing student here at Salford.

Amanda said: “Many students have been fearless in their attitude towards stepping forward and volunteering over the past year and at times this has impacted on their studies.

“Often their efforts have gone unnoticed or not received the credit it deserves and so it is a personal thank you from me and my colleagues who have the pleasure of teaching and supporting the next generation of Nurses.”

Read the poem below.

Future nurse 

Remember we said life will get in the way? 

You thought to yourself, not me, no way! 

Who knew the journey that lay ahead 

When nursing theories filled your head 


We watched the story unfold 

What emerged, a story yet to be told 

Choices made, led to places uncharted 

This was a journey that had to be started 


Shielding, isolation, hands, face and space 

Embarking on journeys with compassion and grace 

Experiences made you weep and lament 

But ne'er a day you cared will have been ill spent 


Efforts continue to return to the familiar 

May those in your care see you as their pillar 

Seeing you essential to the effort was prudent 

Stand up, step forward, take your place Nursing student 


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