From nursing in Dubai to Southend
10 May 2019
This weekend marks International Nurses' Day, we celebrate the diverse range of people who become nurses. Some are from overseas, others are newly qualified, and some opted for nursing as a total career change. They all have one thing in common - their dedication to nursing.
Originally from the Philippines and now a staff
"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 Intense Therapy Unit (ITU). For me, although
it's a new country and a new environment, nursing is nursing.
"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 future."