I am originally from Lagos, Nigeria and I came to the UK in January 2022 to work as a staff nurse at Royal Brompton Hospital, specifically within the Heart and Lung Critical Care Division.
I felt strongly that it was the right time to set abroad and broaden my horizons. I had some reservations about being so far from home alone, but I was convinced that it was the right decision, and I relied on God’s direction the entire way. My confidence was made stronger by the support and encouragement I got from my loved ones and family. I chose the NHS because I’ve always believed that people deserve equal access to healthcare services and the NHS actualises that. I wanted to make my parents proud by doing something that would bring them joy – a national service does just that.
The process of transitioning to the UK was straightforward for me. Once I knew I was ready, I registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC UK) and underwent verification with my home country’s nursing body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. I proceeded to take the first part of the NMC UK exams, the CbT, and received my results immediately. I also wrote my IELTS and passed successfully. Shortly after, I started applying for jobs and received two interview offers. The time between coming to the UK, training , taking exams and getting licensed as a nurse here took a few months.
As I waved goodbye to my family at the airport, the new life awaiting me began to really dawn on me. I was now moving far away to a different continent. None of my family members have decided to take a similar route. They are exploring other fields outside of healthcare. I believe everyone has their own path in life.