Charlotte Pritchard started working for the NHS twelve years ago and qualified as a registered nurse in 2015. She feels truly fulfilled in her role, is excited about developing her career further and couldn’t be happier with the work-life balance that Wales provides. Charlotte says:
“I joined the NHS in 2005 as a Health Care Support Worker (HCSW) in the Emergency Department at University Hospital of Wales (UHW). During this time, I assisted registered nurses and medical staff as I developed within my role. I was inspired to further my career by my colleagues and qualified as a registered nurse in 2015.
"Having left college at 18, initially I obtained my HCSW Certificate in Higher Education which allowed me to go for my degree. Studying for the degree was challenging but I received great support from the university staff, as well as from my colleagues at UHW.
"It was great to spend time with others on my course. Knowing we were all in the same boat encouraged me to succeed. I enjoyed the practical side of the training, especially the hours we spent in the skills suites acting out real-life scenarios. This, more than anything, prepared me for my placements.
"As I qualified recently, my current focus is on developing the skills I need to become confident in my role. As I progress over the next five years, I would like to complete courses relevant to emergency medicine. I feel there are many avenues and opportunities open to me.
"I’m very lucky to belong to a really supportive group of staff who have welcomed me into their department and helped me develop my skills and confidence. And I feel just as fortunate to be able to help vulnerable people every day. For me, this is what nursing is all about and it gives me a huge sense of pride.
"Living in Cardiff is the icing on the cake. I’ll always love the buzz of city life but it’s also really easy for me to escape to beautiful countryside whenever I feel the need to unwind. When you’re a nurse, having this kind of balance can make a big difference. I wouldn’t swap living and working here for anything.”