Notre Dame Nursing student honoured for saving a life

First year Nursing student, Jonathon Davis from The University of Notre Dame Australia has been awarded a St John's Ambulance Award for assisting at a motor vehicle accident earlier this year.

20 November 2015

First year Nursing student, Jonathon Davis from The University of Notre Dame Australia, has been awarded a St John's Ambulance Award for assisting at a motor vehicle accident earlier this year involving television and radio personality Glenn Wheeler.

Jonathon was first on the Woolooware accident scene and performed first aid on Glenn and subsequently saved his life.

“I was playing cricket on the day, and I was batting, when we all heard this loud smash,” Jonathon said. “You could see a guy on the road, he had been knocked off his scooter by a car. I knew first aid, so I sprinted over, made sure Glenn was in the recovery position, when through the process we were taught. Then I attended the woman, maintained the situation, keeping them both stable until the ambulance paramedics arrived.”

Jonathon, 18, said the near fatal accident on January 31 almost cost Glenn his life and his road to recovery has been long and ongoing. The Save A Life award was presented to Jonathon at a ceremony on October 24.

“I am overwhelmed honestly, I feel like I was just doing what I had a duty to do because I had the skills. I did what I had to do. I honestly hope that if I wasn’t there someone else would have done what I did.”

School of Nursing Dean Associate Professor, Tracey Moroney said Jonathon’s quick thinking and knowledge impacted the outcome. “This is a highly desirable characteristic of today’s registered nurse. We think Jonathon is well placed to make a difference to the lives of his patients and their families.”

Jonathon said he was guided by knowledge gained through his newly acquired St John’s Ambulance First Aid Certificate.

“I had received an early offer to study Nursing at Notre Dame just prior to my HSC exams, and did the first aid course three week prior to the accident as part of the pre-requisite University’s early entry requirements” Jonathon said.

“So I knew I had the skills to do what I needed to do at the time of the accident, and stayed calm and focused throughout. It was only afterwards when it all hit me. That’s when Glenn’s son came over and I saw how distraught he was – it was really distressing watching his son’s reaction to it.”

Jonathon said the situation had showed him that he was able to keep calm and perform skills in a chaotic, difficult situation despite no training at the time in acute health care.

The incident reaffirmed that nursing was the right career choice for him, but he is equally passionate promoting First Aid. “I shouldn’t be applauded for doing what I had to do, I feel especially now, everyone should know First Aid … if something happens in front of you, you should be able to do something about it,” he said.

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