Staff Nurse

Yasar Arafat joined the A&E Department at Bradford Royal Infirmary in 2002 and is now a Staff Nurse and Team Leader.

Bradford lad Yasar is proud to work in one of the busiest units at the Trust and enjoys the diverse nature of clinical challenges he is presented with every day.

He is one of the most experienced members of staff in A&E and believes he has found the perfect job for him. However, it wasn’t always that way!

After attending Heaton Primary and Bingley’s Beckfoot Grammar School, Yasar explored careers in dietetics and forensic science before deciding he was better suited to nursing.

He applied for and was accepted on to the BSc Nursing degree at the University of Bradford, qualifying in 2002, and has not looked back since.

“While I was a student nurse my last placement was at A&E at Bradford Royal Infirmary, and I discovered I really liked it.

“I applied for a job when I qualified. I wanted to work somewhere where I could learn and improve and I have definitely got that here.

“Bradford’s A&E Department is a very good environment to work in as it’s one of the friendliest but busiest places in the hospital. A&E departments are often busy but it is completely different here – our patient care is also very, very good.

“Working in A&E also really hones your skills and will iron out any of your bad habits. The hardest part of the job is when we sometimes see a large number of patients and we don’t have the resources to give them the full care that they need.

“But we put the patients first here and that makes me happy. We’ve got a very, very good team who are a friendly bunch.

“We all help each other when we are struggling and that support is always there. There’s nothing about the job that I don’t enjoy!”

Staff Nurse Yasar Arafat

In fact, Yasar is so content in his current role that he’s not in any rush to move on.

“I don’t think being a matron is for me but I might look at becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and study for a Masters at Bradford University with help from the Trust. But I’m keeping my options open – I’m very happy at the moment.

Rewarding

“The job is very rewarding as you also get quite a lot of thanks from patients.”

Yasar, 40, has also been able to put his skills to the test outside Bradford.

In 2005, he travelled to the Kashmir region of Pakistan for three weeks with a local charity to help treat victims of the Kashmir earthquake. It killed more than 87,000 people, injured a further 138,000 and rendered over 3.5 million homeless.

“I’m happy to have been able to put my training into practice,” he added.

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