When a normal Friday morning workout turned into life or death for 67 year old Charles Rainey, UA Little Rock nursing student Megan Crawley acted quickly to try and revive him. Responding to the cries for help she heard when Rainey collapsed, she performed CPR while her classmate Ryan Ruff found and charged a portable defibrillator.
Crawley continued to administer CPR until paramedics arrived at the scene, by when she and Ruff had succeeded in bringing Rainey’s pulse and color back. According to Crawley, Rainey had three stents put in his heart after being rushed to the hospital, and is now doing fine.
“I remember asking myself ‘can you do this?’ as I was walking over to him. Then when I got over to Mr. Rainey all my CPR skills came to use.” Crawley said.
Crawley stated that heart disease runs in her family and that health issues faced by her dad and brother inspired her to become a nurse. “Nursing inspires me to be a better person and care for my patients with great compassion.”
Elizabeth Sloan Davidson, interim chairperson of the department of nursing, says she is proud of Crawley and believes that the nurse-in-training saw the need to act and did what was right.
“I am not shocked by this event. We train our students from the first day of nursing school to think critically and step in to help,” Davidson said. “Events such as these give public recognition to how important the nursing profession is, but I’d like people to know that nurses are there day in and day out caring for people. The media attention for this is a wonderful way to educate people about all the unsung heroic actions that nurses are performing daily.”