Majallel Lorin is a newly qualified Community Nurse in Ebbw Vale, South Wales. She first came to Wales from the Philippines in November 2016 to establish her nursing career. She hopes that her husband and daughter will soon join her here too. Majallel explains:
“Having trained and qualified as a nurse in my native Philippines in 2011, my mother encouraged me to consider following in my uncle’s footsteps and look further afield at a nursing role overseas. My uncle has enjoyed a long nursing career in London, but the strong sense of community and stunning landscape made Wales an obvious choice for me.
“The financial, emotional and educational support I’ve received, in terms of a relocation package, friendly welcome and hands on help in passing the statutory clinical examination for overseas nurses working in the UK, has made it very easy for me to settle into my new surroundings. I’m very proud to say that, as a result of this support, I recently became the first overseas nurse in my University Health Board to pass the required Objective Structured Clinical Examination.
“Community nursing in Wales is like being part of one large extended family. There is also a very well established Filipino community here and this strong sense of belonging has really helped me to fit in and taken the edge off missing my family and friends back home.
“I work in a nurse-led hospital. This supportive environment has already allowed me to practice and develop my critical thinking skills to work with patients to help them achieve their goals. As a result my confidence in decision making and planning care has grown. These skills will stand me in good stead as I progress in my career here.
“Wales is such a welcoming and friendly place it’s a great place to work and live and I would encourage other overseas nurses looking to relocate, to firmly put this wonderful country at the top of their list.”