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Abishag 'Abi' - Clinical Training Manager

Chinese Philosopher – Lao Tsu once said – “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”.  Here I am, 6,754 miles away from my home back in the Philippines and my journey is only beginning as I am constantly learning every day.

Abishag 'Abi' - Clinical Training Manager

From when I started studying nursing in the Philippines, to being able to secure a sponsorship to come and practice here in the UK, the journey to get here hasn’t been easy. But through hard work, determination, the support from my family, and CUH, I was able to qualify as a registered nurse.

The process for international students required me to pass the second part of the NMC which is the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). I believe this was the hardest part of the programme because it requires extensive knowledge of nursing theories and the ability to conduct clinical demonstrations with pin-point accuracy. CUH has the best structured OSCE programme to help students from overseas overcome this examination. That combined with the very high pass rate is what eventually convinced me to apply to this Trust.

I would like to give my heartfelt gratitude to the educators who supported us, especially to the Clinical Education and support teams for making the process so worthwhile.

It has been three years since I started working in the Trust and I am still driven to continue for the foreseeable future.

From being a Staff Nurse in a Neuro-Rehabilitation Ward to being one of the Care Team’s Clinical Training Managers , the opportunities that the Trust provided to help me develop my career has been really appreciated, as this has allowed me to continue my journey to become an even better nurse.

All in all, my experience has been remarkable and I would highly recommend CUH, especially to our future overseas nurses.