Can you tell us a little bit about your role and how long you have been part of the NHS?
I work in the Acute Stroke Unit and I've been part of this family since September 2018. I was one of the lucky international nurses recruited from the Philippines.
What (or who) inspired you to pursue a career in the NHS?
It's my ultimate dream to be a nurse, since I was a child. And as I grew up, I became fully aware of how the NHS works here in the UK. I believe it has a very good structure of healthcare and job opportunities. I wanted to be moulded and trained as NHS nurse - the main reason why I am here now.
How did your role change, or what new skills did you need to learn as part of the COVID-19 outbreak?
I realised during the COVID-19 outbreak that patients and their families were all scared and vulnerable to this virus. Also, I saw how difficult it was for patients not seeing their family due to visiting restrictions and how this impacted them mentally and emotionally. As a health advocate, I learned to help my patients and their families to cope with this by taking extra time to assist them with WhatsApp video calls so they can reunite, even if just virtually. Moreover, I also learned how important it is for us as healthcare professionals to strictly adhere to and impose the proper use of PPE, hand hygiene and social distancing.
What do you, and the staff, think of the 'Clap for Carers'?
This is a heart-warming gesture from people. This really motivated us to do our part as frontliners and to be brave enough to help people who need us during this COVID-19 pandemic.
What do you love most about living in Bath?
I love the place itself! How the city maintained its Georgian architecture. And the fact that people are so lovely and friendly. It feels like second home for me.
After the pandemic, what are you most looking forward to doing again?
I want to go to the beach, be under the sun and smell the fresh air. Enjoy being free!
What, if anything, do you think we may have learned about ourselves from the pandemic?
Teamwork is essential. Helping each other, working as a group not individually, I think was very important.
What aspects of your life will you embrace more of, or worry less about, after having been at the rock face during the virus?
I think putting more value on personal contact with my friends and families. I learned that it was very difficult not to see or hug them because of this situation. And that life is too short to focus on less important things.