Ann Hatton has worked at Peninsula Community Health as a Lead Nurse for the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Falmouth Community Hospital for 10 years. She has been a nurse for 29 years.
What inspired you to become an Olympic volunteer?
I saw the ad in a magazine and thought it looked interesting. I have always been a sports fanatic and I wanted to be closer to action.
How did you start your day every morning at the Olympic Park?
We always started the day with a couple of hours of training. We would split into teams and carry out various ‘what if’ scenarios. I was in the ‘field of play’ team so was responsible for athletes and officials. While we knew a cardiac event among athletes would be unlikely, it was far more likely to happen in officials – so we practiced that a lot.
How did you relax and unwind after a day as an Olympic volunteer?
We made the best use of the many bars and restaurants around the Olympic Park! I also enjoyed taking out a Boris Bike every now and then as I am an avid cyclist, but we didn’t have that much free time to be honest.
What did you most enjoy about your time as an Olympic volunteer?
I enjoyed the whole atmosphere and being a part of something so big. I was there on ‘Super Saturday’ in which Mo Farrar, Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford all won gold. It was so exciting. Everyone was so friendly and I felt as though I was part of history.
What was the most challenging part of being an Olympic volunteer?
The thought of having to run onto the park in front of all the cameras was a scary thought. But I just had to put it to the back of my mind and get on with it.
Do you think the administration burden on nurses in general is excessive?
The administration burden on nurses is increasing all the time but we have been provided with great help from our Trust to cope with it.
Do you get enough face-to-face time with patients in your day job?
I think we do. We are able to see our patients, treat them and then discharge them.
Do you think nursing is a more or less respected profession than it was in the past?
I feel by and large our patients are respectful towards us. I’m not sure that people are quite so differential to anyone any more. People now, and rightly so, have access to the internet so that means both nurses and doctors have to be on their top game – that’s no bad thing.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I’m 53 so I’ll probably be retired! Honestly though, I love what I do so much, I can see myself still being a nurse in the same place and doing more sporting things as well. I am planning to volunteer for the Commonwealth Games in two years time.
Are you surprised by how much you get done in a day?
I’m never surprised. In general, nurses work very hard and we get through a lot of work day after day.
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