Anjali Gurung, one of our international nurses working at the trust, is reminiscing about her first few months at our trust whilst praising her colleagues for their impeccable support and help.
She said: “I was born and raised in a beautiful city of Nepal called Pokhara. I have six members in my family including my parents, sweet granny, two siblings and two adorable puppies.
I would define my family heritage as a symbol of love, education, respect, support and religious devotion.”
Ever since the 23-year-old moved to Middlesbrough in March, she is in awe of all the kind help and support she has received from her colleagues.
Although her transition to a new city has been filled with difficulties, her colleagues have made sure to go above and beyond to help Anjali navigate through her new journey.
“How could I forget those warm welcome and helping hands at every step of my journey. My colleagues never made me feel like someone new; I will always carry this touching gesture in my heart.
My colleagues are like my sisters, brothers and friends. The love, support and encouragement that I receive from them make me feel warm and blessed for everything.”
Like her fellow international peers, Anjali had to qualify for the OSCE examination (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) to practice in the UK – which may be a nervous period for some.
But the constant support from the international nurse coordinator, Mylene Amoroso has been a great source of strength and courage for Anjali.
She said: “On my first day, I met a beautiful soul with a smile named Mylene, who handed me the OSCE pack. I never realised that Mylene would be the ladder to my success in the OSCE examination.
“The culmination of Mylene’s hard work and support from my peers has helped me to clear my OSCE exam in the first attempt. Thank you to the international nurses management team and the trust for making my journey successful.”
For Anjali, being ‘South Asian’ means respecting all cultures and accepting any differences.
She never hesitates to learn new things and cultures, and this enriches her ability to understand and learn new things in her profession.
As South Asians, we are family oriented which makes us excellent carers for our patients and their relatives in the NHS.”