FRONTLINERS OF THE MONTH

VIR ADVINCULA
Charge Nurse at Royal Derby Hospital

Where did you study nursing?
University of the Philippines

Why did you choose nursing as a career?
It was always a childhood dream to be in healthcare. I started my tertiary education in Medicine and changed to Nursing Sciences.

Where did you work before coming to the UK?
After completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, I briefly volunteered at The Lung Centre of The Philippines and successfully landed a nursing job in Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

How long have you been working here?
I started working in Derby in December 2000. I am still employed at The Royal Derby Hospital.

What are your responsibilities at work?
I work as a charge nurse and I take the clinical lead on the daily activities in an acute respiratory and high-dependency unit providing specialist intervention and patient care.

Please describe your typical day at work.
A typical day at work would be dealing with both human and material concerns and de-escalating patient flow issues. I also take the Major Incident Bleep when delegated.

What do you like most about living in the UK?
I enjoy the equal opportunities of living in the UK.

What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy travelling and my passion for fashion and the creative arts.

Do you intend to stay in the UK for good?
I intend to remain here in the UK as I now consider this country my home.

What are your career plans and other future goals?
I will be retiring soon from healthcare and I will be pursuing my childhood dream of being a fashion designer.

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