Overseas nurses tell us how they are enjoying life at Southend Hospital
07 March 2019
Last week, we featured the story of how, with a 95% success rate, Southend Hospital is amongst the best in the country for overseas nurses’ exam results.
So far, 33 nurses from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the Philippines and India have successfully completed the programme and are now working as registered nurses at the Trust. Here are some of their stories.
Renan Olisco, originally from the Philippines and now a
deputy ward manager on Eleanor Hobbs Ward
"I've been a practicing nurse since qualifying in the
Philippines in 2011. Nurses over there aren't well compensated and
I saw the UK as a platform for me to practice my profession and
develop my skills as well. I've been working at Southend since June
2017 and after almost a year of being a staff nurse I was offered
promotion to deputy ward manager, the rest is history.
"I'm really well supported in my role. All the staff, doctors,
HCAs, kitchen staff, really make you feel part of a team here,
we are a family."
Olatunji Oluwatoyin Aderinola, originally from Nigeria,
now a staff nurse on Blenheim Ward
"I've been a nurse for 12 years and was after a change of
practice experience. It's been a real privilege to be here since
"I struggled a bit initially because things are different from
the way I'm used to practicing in my country but meeting the team I
work with helped make things a lot easier.
"So far, I'm enjoying it. It's been great working at Southend
University Hospital, it's very busy but I'm learning a lot, which I
love. When you are busy learning it means you are improving your
knowledge and you become a better person. I want to say thank you
to everyone at Southend University Hospital. God bless you
Manilyn Briones, originally from the Philippines and now
a staff nurse on Eleanor Hobbs Ward
"I've been a nurse for almost 13 years, before coming to the UK
I was working as a nurse in Dubai, my specialised area is in
infectious disease and Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU). For me,
although it's a new country and a new environment, nursing is
"The main difference between the two countries I've worked in
are the cultures, I feel the people here are very welcoming and
very pleasant and thoughtful.
"My main reason for coming here was to provide a good future for
my family and my daughter. At first it was so difficult being
apart from one another, as we lived together in Dubai. This is
our first time apart as a family but keeping in touch via video
chatting has really helped. It means we can still communicate and
it eases the burden of being away. I've found the transition fine;
for me it has all been about my career growth and creating a better
Rakhee Ramchandran, originally from India and now a
staff nurse on the Cardiac Care Unit
"I've been a nurse since 2015 and wanted to broaden my horizons
as there are more opportunities in the UK. I'd never left my
family before but felt that I couldn't just stay in one place. I
needed to get out of my shell, to grow and discover new things. And
that is what I'm doing here in Southend.
"I started at the hospital in March 2018 and it has gone really
quick but I think that is because people have been really
"There has been lots of training on the ward and I'm really
enjoying living in Southend. It is a lot more developed than my
home town; it has everything you need and is nice being next to the