One of our Italian candidates, Martina Trapani, shares her experience of being a nurse in the UK. Read her story below:
I arrived in the UK in January 2015. I used to work as a nurse in a private centre in Italy and I never thought about working abroad.
One day I received a phone call inviting me for an interview in Milan as HCL were recruiting for Luton and Dunstable Hospital. I was quite surprised and confused, and after a quick chat with my previous boss we agreed together that it was a opportunity worth trying. Four months later I left Italy for this new adventure.
It can be scary to find yourself alone in a new country and environment, but everything was so well-organised and I’ve been supported so much that by the time I realised I was really doing it I was settled already. The hospital organised our accommodation for the first month with all the other overseas nurses who started with me, orientating us not only around the hospital but also around the town.
The first month was spent on induction and gradually we were all introduced to our specific wards.
My biggest worry at the beginning was the language barrier. I was afraid of being annoying by asking my colleagues to always repeat. I still remember going home with terrible headaches the first week. I’ve quickly learned that the key to dealing with my language barrier was to laugh at my mistakes and that became my strength.
Obviously I had hard days especially at the beginning, dealing with such a new environment and organisation. I didn’t think that there could have been so many differences from the Italian environment and naturally I’ve always compared the Italian and English way of working, critically learning how to take the best from both, learning as much as I could and, why not, sharing my experience.
After 1 year and 4 months as a Staff Nurse, I applied for a Junior Sister job and I am now 6 months in this new role. Another big challenge, but a great experience.
If I should chose two key words to describe my experience I would say satisfaction and challenge.
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