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Why be a nurse?

Tuesday 31 January 2017

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Roxana is just one of the thousands of nurses we train every year. Here she explains what motivates her to work as a nurse in the NHS.

What type of patients do you work with?

I work in the emergency department, so I see people coming to hospitals for many reasons – trauma and injuries, but also because they are lonely, they are hungry, they are scared and they are not loved. Showing compassion and being non-judgmental can make a lot of difference in patients’ lives. 

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Making a difference in people's lives. Nursing is my passion, and I am one of the luckiest people on the planet to be able to do the job that I love.

What made you want to work as a nurse?

Nursing is in my DNA. My grandmother was a sister during World War Two. 

A nurse talking to a patient

What are the most rewarding aspects of the job?

Putting my patient first makes me proud. Having little victories. Seeing patients getting better by responding well to treatment. Working well as a team and treating the patients as they need and they would like to be treated. 

It’s not about me when I nurse people. It’s about the patients getting the care they need to get better and return home. 

What are the most challenging aspects of the job?

There are challenges every day in this job, but there is nothing I can’t overcome. Nursing is a learning process and I learn new skills every day. 

What difference do you make to your patients?

I am often the first point of contact for patients when they come to hospital. Being a patient can be very frightening. Good communication is a value that I hold dear to my heart as reassuring the patient that they will be alright is a very important part of my job. Updating the patient and their families on the plan is a vital skill.

Two student nurses talking to each other

What would you say to someone considering a career in nursing?

Come into nursing if you love people. And be prepared to be more than good – be the best that you can be. It’s a very rewarding job, but you need to be prepared to give time, compassion, sweat and tears. 

What’s your one tip for being a successful nurse?


My friends say I know a lot of people. Well, I know people because I listen to people. And I talk to people. I’m never too busy to share a smile with my patients, their families, and my team. 

Being an active listener can help you find the vital piece of information that can contribute to a patient’s recovery. 

Inspired by Roxana? Find out how you could make a difference with a career in health and social care.

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