Why did you become a nurse?
My first experience of nursing was as a teenager. I had a weekend job in a nursing home, which I found very rewarding. I enjoyed the hands on care and being able to help someone feel better.
How has your career developed since you started nursing?
I started as a nurse in Taunton, Somerset, and I am now responsible for obstetrical triage in one of the most innovative hospitals in the world. When I first started nursing, I worked on general surgical, orthopaedic and trauma wards. I completed a bachelor's degree in health studies. Later, I trained as a midwife and worked in an obstetric-led unit rotating through antenatal, postnatal, labour and delivery.
My passion is antenatal care, so I joined a midwife-led maternity assessment centre. I also took on the role of smoking cessation midwife, and used an innovative approach to educate women on the risks of smoking during pregnancy. I then took up my role in Qatar.
What does your current role entail?