Lou Davis is an Emergency Nurse and Clinical Nurse Educator.
As a child, my friends and I would play ‘opposites’, a game in which you had to do, or say, something opposite to what you were actually doing.
Looking after individuals who have committed terrible acts is rather like that. The care I give is, to all intents and purposes, exactly the same as I would give to anyone else. I would be as attentive, my standards are as high, I am as diligent in giving pain relief or in ensuring that the wounds I am suturing are done in exactly the same way.
Outwardly then, there is no difference. None at all. You could stand by my side and be able to tell no difference.
Inwardly is rather different.
Over the years, I have treated murderers, rapists, paedophiles. I have carried on working whilst some of these patients have made comments, been rude or abusive.
I know that my standards have never been compromised.