Rebecca Taylor·Royal CorrespondentWed, 10 February 2021, 10:00 pm
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shared a student nurse’s typical daily experience as she trains in the middle of a pandemic.
The royal couple spent time talking to nursing students at Ulster University via video call and asked Abigail McGarvey, a first-year Adult Nursing student, to share a day in her life.
McGarvey’s video diary starts will her getting up at 5.30pm, as she works night shifts, and getting ready for the working day ahead.
She gets to the hospital at 8pm, and gets her PPE ready for non-COVID patients.
She goes onto show how she fills in forms at midnight, and eventually gets to go home to shower and sleep again at 8am.
Despite the tough job, learning to train in the middle of a pandemic, McGarvey voices her gratitude to those she works with and her dedication to the job.
In the video caption she writes: “Caring for people puts me as a student nurse in a very privileged position as many of these people are extremely vulnerable.
“In providing person-centred care we often form close relationships with patients and watching them become ill and perhaps dying means we have to develop resilience to cope with that.”
She later added: “There’s such incredible days and some days are so so hard.
“The busy, tiring days on placements, assignments and remote learning are so hard sometimes but I am really enjoying my course so far and look forward to the challenges it brings me in the future.
“Starting nursing training in a pandemic is never ideal but I’ve been so well supported and I’m so thankful.”
McGarvey spoke to William, 38, and Kate, 39, on Tuesday, sharing her experiences of starting her degree during the pandemic and the impact that had on her being able to socialise with fellow students.
She also shared how the increase in online learning had impacted her.
The royals then spoke to a group of second and third year students who are taking part in practical clinical sessions at Ulster University, including year three students Elizabeth Semerdzhieva, Rachel Reid, and Paige Murray and their lecturer, Stephanie Dunleavey.
The students told them about taking on placements during the first wave of the pandemic, revealing that they extended them to continue helping respond on the frontline against the coronavirus.
The groups told the duke and duchess they were grateful for the experience they had, and the support from the university.
Prince William and his wife Kate have been forced to return to video call engagements in recent weeks as England went into a third lockdown.
They had been getting back to in-person events, including a whistle-stop tour of the UK, taking them across the country visiting key workers and people affected by the pandemic.
But they returned to their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall just before Christmas and have been using the Queen’s home of Sandringham for many of their calls.
They continue to help homeschool their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who go to Thomas’s Battersea. Their youngest, Prince Louis, is two and not yet in school.