The life and the kilometers. This sums up the 38 years of Antonio Camaño, nursing supervisor in the emergency department of the Virgen de la Victoria University Clinical Hospital from Malaga and athlete.
Thousands of people who seek healing have passed through their hands, many of them struggling between life and death. Many kilometers have passed through his feet to combine another of his passions: the athletic march.
A few days ago he won in Venice the gold medal in the veterans test (over 35 years) of the aforementioned discipline -20 km march-. Nurse by profession, hobby athlete, this man from Malaga manages as he can to be a nurse supervisor and athlete. THE SPANISH He has been able to talk to him.
How does athletics enter your life?
Four and a half years ago one of my best friends, who is an athletic marching coach, encouraged me and told me to start on it. I did it and I was third in Andalusia in the first race I ran. Athletic walking is a discipline that requires a lot of technique.
Did you expect the gold medal you achieved a few months ago?
Not at all.
What does athletics bring you?
It is a challenge, a continuous improvement, where you have to have a clear objective. It helps me a lot in the face of work, since being an emergency nurse causes me a lot of stress and pressure, so it takes it away and helps me manage all of it. In addition, it helps me to disconnect and the days I do not train I feel even bad.
Is athletics your hobby and profession?
It is just a hobby and a passion. When it is an obligation it will be like a profession.
If you had to leave some of the two things, what would it be?
Athletics, work comes first.
You studied nursing and went to England, why?
Because there was not much work in Spain. I spent two and a half years, I gained experience and returned to Malaga.
What is your position in the hospital?
I have been 14 years of nursing assistant, three of nursing supervisor and now I have been a head of critical care block for a couple of months.
How do you combine being a nurse with competing in tournaments and training?
It is difficult since you have to plan very well. I train five or six days a week, an hour and a half a day. And I work from Monday to Friday in the morning.
Didn't it scare you at the beginning to dedicate a part of your life to athletic walking and to being a nurse aware that it could be difficult?
No. I have been integrating everything in my day to day. It has not cost me and it has not been difficult. I went little by little and progressively and when you realize about 80 kilometers marching a week.
You are in an area where life and death go hand in hand, right?
Yes. I go through very critical moments. Now I am not in the care function, but coordinating, so my patients are between life and death. Also, that adrenaline rush helps when training and being very active.
Do you have to be very careful for patients to overcome this state of gravity?
Yes. It is a very critical area and very ungrateful when it comes to emergencies. You have a lot of pressure and you have to act very fast.
Without athletics would you make your nursing job worse?
Of course. There are days that I need to train and I appreciate being able to run, since it is a tremendous release. It also helps me to vent. I will try to continue in athletics whenever I can.
Have you come to see how someone has died?
Yes, many times. In emergencies we serve many people who come in critical condition and with cardiorespiratory stops. Unfortunately, many times we cannot do anything to save lives.
What is more difficult, being a nurse or athlete?
Does athletics serve you as a method to take away the pressure and stress of watching someone die?
Yes. In addition, thanks to this it helps me to handle situations as critical as watching people die and overcome these moments.
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