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Stevie Nash is a consultant in emergency medicine who works in Holby City Hospital's emergency department.

Biography

Early life

At some point, Stevie worked and became close friends with Faith Cadogan, but Stevie stopped contacting Faith some time after the latter got married. (CAS: "Begin Again")

Emma's accident

In 2016, Stevie admitted to her sister Emma that she slept with her fiancé Marcus Fidel to facilitate a break-up. Furious, Emma left in her car and parked by a burger van. As Emma was leaving Stevie a scathing voicemail, a distracted driver caused a lorry to crash into the side of Emma's car.

After receiving the message, Stevie rushed to Holby City Hospital's emergency department and found Emma being treated by registrar Ethan Hardy. While apprising Stevie of the situation, Ethan neglected to unmute Emma's monitor which he had deafened while intubating her; it was soon discovered that Ethan had unintentionally inserted the tube into Emma's oesophagus and starved her brain of oxygen. Upon being informed of Emma's hypoxia, Stevie grew suspicious of Ethan's lack of communication, but Caleb Knight — Ethan's brother and a fellow registrar — lied and claimed that the hypoxia was a result of the accident. Realising that an error had been made, Stevie confronted Ethan who did not acknowledge his involvement and instead offered his condolences. (CAS: "Begin Again")

As a result of the hypoxia, Emma was left in a persistent vegetative state. (CAS: "Two Minutes") Heartbroken and angry, Stevie refused to put a DNR in place for Emma (CAS: "Blinded") and vowed to dedicate her medical career to the ultimate goal of exposing Ethan. (CAS: "Begin Again")

Employment at Holby City Hospital

In August 2021, Stevie was employed as a consultant in Holby City Hospital's emergency department. On her first day, Stevie left the hospital to search for Clive Delmore who was the father of her patient Lily and had dementia, and convinced a reluctant Faith, who worked in the ED as an advanced clinical practitioner, to join her. The pair found Clive at a funfair with a deep arm laceration and managed to control the bleeding with sanitary pads and by using Stevie's bra as a tourniquet. Later, at The Hope & Anchor, Stevie revealed to Faith that she was interested in securing the permanent clinical lead position in the ED. Later that month, Stevie was reintroduced to Ethan who had become a consultant since the incident involving Emma. (CAS: "Begin Again")

Framing Jade

In September, while working with staff nurse Jade Lovall, Stevie — not realising that Jade was deaf — told her to "toughen up" after the girlfriend of their patient took issue with Jade not hearing her and demanded to speak with a "proper" doctor. After Stevie apologised to Jade, the two began to develop a friendship. Stevie was shocked but grateful when Jade — not realising Stevie's relation to her — recalled saving Emma's life immediately after the accident and cited it as her inspiration to become a nurse. However, after learning that Jade was a passenger in the car that caused the crash and was partially responsible, (CAS: "No Harm Done") Stevie planted drugs in Jade's locker shortly before it was due to be inspected. Stevie quickly felt guilty about her actions and did not want Jade to be punished, but Jade ultimately decided to quit her job to pursue a career better suited to her. When Ethan commented on Jade finally being "on the right path", Stevie concurred and claimed that there were "no more distractions". (CAS: "The Road Less Travelled")

Conflict with Ethan

In October, Dylan Keogh — the ED's acting clinical lead — was forced to terminate a morbidity and mortality meeting when Stevie accused Ethan of ending a patient's treatment prematurely and attempted to discuss Ethan's past cases. Stevie became further convinced that Dylan was attempting to cover up Ethan's incompetence when she witnessed Dylan take over from Ethan during a lateral canthotomy. Realising that Stevie had a personal vendetta against Ethan and was the reserve candidate for the permanent clinical lead post, Dylan decided to continue serving as clinical lead and, much to her exasperation, forced Stevie to thank Ethan for advocating for her. (CAS: "Two Tribes")

The following month, even more determined to take Ethan down, Stevie accepted his offer to work with him in resus in order to catching him making mistakes. The two managed to work cordially together while treating a young man named Sol Mathes, but Stevie snapped at Ethan when he remarked about her decision not to reassess Sol when he complained of a headache, and asserted that Ethan would be responsible for any errors on account of him administering the sedative. Shortly after, Sol began displaying symptoms of an extradural haematoma and died. Stevie blamed herself for Sol's death and regretted prioritising her crusade against Ethan, and Ethan urged her to learn from her mistake and start again. Stevie began to see Ethan in a new light, and the pair agreed to start over as friends. As a trusting Ethan tried to tell her about his Huntington's diagnosis, Stevie was called to Farmead Lodge and was heartbroken to discover that Emma had died. (CAS: "Blinded")

Stevie confronts Ethan on the roof about his role in Emma's death. (CAS: "Two Minutes")

The next day, Stevie was furious to learn that Ethan had forgotten to give her a note about Emma's condition, and the pair clashed in resus. Dylan decided to take over and assigned Stevie to cubicles where she agreed to treat Luke Reynolds — a frequent flyer with psychosis. Stevie told Luke about Ethan's involvement in Emma's death and opened up about her occasional homicidal ideation, but she rejected Luke's offer of a haemostat to stab Ethan with and decided to get Luke help with his suicidal thoughts. However, Ethan ignorantly discharged Luke before the latter could be referred to mental health professionals. While looking for Luke on the hospital roof, Stevie prevented Ethan from leaving and threatened him with the haemostat. After Stevie reminded him of the incident with Emma, Ethan insisted that he made a mistake and explained that his conversations with Dylan were about him having Huntington's disease. When Ethan maintained that making mistakes was part of their jobs and dared Stevie to stab him, claiming that he had little else left to lose following the death of his fiancée, Stevie threw the haemostat away in frustration only for it to be picked up by Luke. Stevie urged Luke not to harm Ethan, but Luke stabbed Ethan in the abdomen. Stevie applied pressure to the wound, and Ethan was rushed into resus. Dylan assured Stevie that her actions saved Ethan's life. (CAS: "Two Minutes")

Two days later, Stevie feared that her career would be over as soon as Ethan regained consciousness. When Ethan woke up, Stevie offered to resign and work elsewhere as long as Ethan kept quiet about the incident, but Ethan was unwilling to bargain and told Stevie that Emma did not love her. Ethan intended to tell Dylan about Stevie's culpability for his stabbing, but, when Faith asserted the department could not afford to lose a doctor of Stevie's calibre, Ethan observed Stevie's performance in resus and vouchered for her in front of Dylan. Privately, Ethan empathised with Stevie's grief and apologised for letting Emma down. Stevie admitted that she needed help with her grief, but the two were still distrustful of each other and announced their intentions to keep their eyes on one another. (CAS: "Gasping for Air")

Behind the scenes

Elinor Lawless has portrayed Stevie in Casualty since August 2021.

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