Why did you become a nurse?
It was something I always wanted to do from a young child. As a teenager I wrote to Great Ormond Street hospital as I wanted to work with children and young people. I remember seeing children malnourished from the developing world on the TV as a child and finding this really distressing. I always wanted to help and make a difference to those who were suffering.
Where did you train?
I trained in Ealing at Thames Valley University, since renamed the University of West London. I undertook my diploma in children’s nursing as part of Project 2000. We were based in nursing residence at Northwick Park Hospital and rotated placements across hospitals in the west of London (including Charing Cross, Central Middlesex, St Mary’s Paddington, Chelsea and Westminster, and Northwick Park).
How has your career developed since then?
When I qualified, I worked in a rotational post across children’s wards at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, including medical, surgical, high dependency and adolescent unit. Whilst at Chelsea and Westminster, I was able to study for my BSc child health nursing part time to top up my diploma qualification to an honours degree.