Carmen Walding moved to the UK from Romania 12-years ago. She joined Scarborough Hospital as a Staff Nurse in 2005, and since 2006 has worked on our Acute Medical Unit. Here, Carmen tells us more about her experience…
“ In 2003, I moved to the UK as a qualified staff nurse in Romania, and began work as a care assistant in a nursing home Scarborough.
After 2-years, when I passed my English exam and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, I applied to Scarborough Hospital and was accepted onto an Overseas Nursing Programme run by the local university. During my 10-month programme, I was well-supported by the Hospital and completed the course. Since then, I have worked on Acute Medicine wards and have been very happy.
When I first moved to the UK, I did find it difficult. I missed my family and friends very much, and so I travelled to Romania 2-3 times a year. Luckily, the people here are very friendly and helpful, so you do make friends quickly, and I found that I made a lot of friends from other countries.
It is a big decision to move to the UK and my advice to anyone thinking of applying would be come with an open mind and, when you’re working here, never do something you are not sure about – always ask. Being a nurse in the UK is not the same as being a nurse in Romania, the responsibilities here are far greater and the work is more physical (from mopping the floor to serving meals, making beds, assisting patients with personal care, etc). These are some of the jobs a nurse does not really do in Romania.
If you’re happy to adapt then I’d really recommend Scarborough Hospital as a place to work. They have offered me all the opportunities I wanted such as further developing my skills and qualifications, including putting me through Advanced Life Support training (I am one of the few nurses on my ward to have completed this) and supporting me to undertake a Critical Care Degree at the University of Hull. It’s also a really beautiful part of the UK where I have made a lot of friends, and my family are settled here, which is very important to me