Hear from one of NNA's Nurses, Elvira who we recently interviewed. In this interview, Elvira gives insight into what it's like to be a busy mum of 6 and to work with an agency.
Why did you first get into Nursing?
I always dreamt of becoming a nurse since I was a child. So, I really worked hard to achieve it and worked locally and overseas. I loved working with NNA because of the flexibility it gives me as a busy mother of 6. Nahid and everyone else in the company are very supportive and understanding, they value hard work and loyalty.
What do you love most about the job/working with NNA?
With my busy lifestyle as a mother of 6, I find working with NNA offers the flexibility I needed.
What is your nursing specialty and what facilities/locations do you usually work at?
I have various clinical experience locally and overseas, I have worked in Paediatrics, Nursery/NICU, Maternity in Manila, Philippines, Medical unit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
Cardiothoracic Medical/ Surgical Unit in Singapore National Heart Centre and currently Neuroscience, Medical Surgical and Clinical Facilitation.
Do you enjoy the flexibility of picking and choosing shifts to suit your family and/or lifestyle?
Aside from the flexibility and higher pay, working with NNA gives me various clinical learning experience and it opened doors for different job opportunities.
What is a typical day like for you?
My day starts preparing kids breakfast and lunches for school, ensuring everyone is ready for school very early, go to work come home ensuring everyone is home and had dinner then repeat.
What are the main challenges you face as a nurse?
I guess being away from family on Public Holidays and special occasions. Doing rotating shifts that sometimes alters sleep pattern and being in the frontlines to fight infection like in our COVID situation now. But with NNA, I have an option not to. The freedom to work whenever, wherever and whatever my circumstances is always there.
What do you love most about nursing?
I always loved nursing, I think it is the most satisfying job as I am able to assist/help patients get better and their families in coping with the situation and have a better quality of life.
What advice would you give to other agency nurses?
To all agency nurses out there, just keep doing what you love and enjoy, be grateful, work hard as dreams do come true whatever it is.