Precious Whild, Guernsey Ward Sister at Alderney Hospital in Poole

Precious joined Dorset HealthCare in 2004, working as a Health Care Assistant (HCA) on the Jersey Ward at Alderney Hospital. In the years since, her hard work, determination and drive to deliver quality patient care has seen her rise to the role of Senior Sister.

“I moved from Zimbabwe to the UK in 2002 to find work to support my four children and fund their schooling back home. I arrived educated to an A-Level equivalent, and initially worked nights and long days in a nursing home.

“After starting at Alderney, I studied at Poole College on an Access to Nursing course on my days off and later completed a BSC Hons in nursing course, graduating with first class honours. I then moved to Guernsey Ward to work as a Sister, but also worked shifts at Poole Hospital – including A&E – to broaden my skills and experience.

“Over time I’ve been able to suggest or contribute to a number of changes which have empowered staff and provide a better experience for patients and their relatives. One of my ideas about attracting non-EU nurses has resulted in a development programme for staff who hold qualifications from outside the EU – an achievement I’m particularly proud of.

“I’ve been well supported by my managers and colleagues, and last year was appointed to the role of Senior Sister – the most pivotal career moment of my life. I cried tears of joy, and my team was delighted.

“I love my job because of the positive impact I can have on patients. On a personal note, I have supported my children through their schooling and some members of my family now live in the UK. There has also been an extension to my family with grandchildren arriving. I’m hoping they will work for the NHS!

Precious’s work in helping people end their lives with dignity was highlighted at last year’s national End of Life Conference. You can watch part of her speech below.

Precious Story from Chris Mark Smith on Vimeo.