Nurse is praised after inserting a gastric tube into her nose for a day to empathise with her patients.

Dorcas Boamah has been praised by hundreds of people online after she spent the day with a nasogastric tube - so she could better empathise with her patients. Ms Boamah is pictured on January 7 - the day she had the tube fitted - in an Instagram post that has attracted 196 likes
A healthy nurse has been praised by hundreds of people online after she spent the day with a nasal gastric tube just so she could better empathise with her patients. Dorcas Boamah, 27, often has to insert nasogastric (NG) tubes into her patients' noses, which go down the back of their throats and into their stomachs. Patients often find this daunting and ask Ms Boamah what it is like with her being unable to give them an honest answer. Determined to be more truthful with her patients, Ms Boamah who works at Royal Free Hospital had a colleague fit the invasive tube on January 7. Ms Boamah then wore the tube all day before catching two trains and a bus home and even went out for dinner attracting cruel stares from strangers. After posting a picture of herself with the NG tube on Instagram which has got nearly 800 likes 'the incredible nurse' claims it has helped her be better at her job. Speaking of why she had the tube fitted, Ms Boamah said: 'I just wanted to see how it felt. Now I know so I can go back to my patients and tell them what they can expect.'I wanted to put me in my patients' shoes. Often patients old and young will need an NG tube, and many of them are nervous.
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NG tubes are fitted to deliver liquid food, as well as fluids and medication if it is unsafe for the patient to take them via the mouth. Ms Boamah now feels she can answer patients honestly when they ask what the tube feels like when it is being fitted. '[Before] I could say "yes it will be a little bit uncomfortable" but I didn't actually know,' she said.'Now I do. It has definitely made me a better nurse.'Although Ms Boamah felt 'quite anxious' while having the tube fitted, she found taking a deep breath and trying to start calm helped make the process run smoother. 'Now I really understand how taking an extra few moments to chat and relax the patient can make such a difference,' she said. Ms Boamah also understands how daunting it can be going out and about with the tube fitted, something many patients are forced to do. 'It did make me feel quite isolated and tearful,' she said.'[And] I found eating was quite uncomfortable.'
Ms Boamah later posted a photograph of herself with the tube on Instagram in an attempt to 'normalise' NG tubes. 'A lot of people live their lives with them and there is no reason to hide,' she said.'It's a very physical thing you can see on your face, but it doesn't mean you shouldn't live your life.'Impressed by her brave 'experiment', social-media users flocked to praise the 'incredible nurse'.The user feeding tube. fitness said: 'oh my gosh!!!! you're so amazing!!! wow! proud of you. I am so grateful for incredible nurses like you in the world!!! 'And nakeysha-king said: 'THIS IS SOOOO SO POWERFUL ****** THANK YOU..******IF ONLY ALL DRS NURSES ETC COULD BE MORE EMPATHETIC IT WOULD TRULY RESULT MAKE A DIFFERENCE. '[I] WILL HAVE TO HAVE A PEG TUBE PLACED IN TWO WEEKS AND IM SCARED TO DEATH.'Ms Boamah took the opportunity to reassure nakeysha-king, writing: 'It is a common procedure and I am sure your medical team will reassure you'.While the post on her Instagram page has attracted 196 likes, it got 'programmed' by the campaigners NHS Million, gaining a further 599 likes.