Nurse at ORPEA Residences Nursing Home in Poland
“I started my career at ORPEA in 2014 as a Nursing Assistant, when I was just 20 years old. At first it was difficult but I soon became aware of the importance of my role caring for dependent people, and I have since found the perfect path in life. It is one that gives me a sense of fulfilment and great satisfaction, by helping others. This motivated me to start studying nursing, acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to devote myself fully to my passion.
I would not be doing what I do today without the support of the Group. Thanks to a flexible work schedule and the invaluable support from the Department Head Nurse, I was able to continue my studies full time and work as a Nursing Assistant for dependent persons. As I watched my colleagues work, I dreamed of being able to do the same myself. By working in a team, I acquired the required practical skills and experience. After graduation, I started working regular nursing hours.”
What were the main difficulties you encountered in your career?
The difficulties that accompanied me during my career development were mainly related to my emotions and my very empathetic reactions to the residents’ situations, and that of their loved ones.
Does being a woman in your profession help you or not?
Nursing is a feminised profession and I think women are made for this role due to their nature. Women are full of responsibility, empathy and caring. Over time, I discovered that I also have these qualities and that I use them every day. After all, we have what is called a “sixth sense” and female intuition, don’t we?
What are your personal views on women’s rights?
I dream that every woman can make her own decisions according to her own beliefs, conscience and values. I wish that we could always follow the inner voice that lies dormant in each of us, so that we never go against our instincts and that nothing is ever forced on us without the necessary dialogue. Women have an enormous strength. We are intelligent, ingenious and responsible. I believe that we have the right to define the rules we follow, so that freedom of choice prevails in all aspects of our lives.
I wish that we could always follow the inner voice that lies dormant in each of us, so that we never go against our instincts and that nothing is ever forced on us without the necessary dialogue
What advice would you give to other women regarding career development?
I would advise other women not to be afraid of challenges and to try to overcome their fear, step by step. It’s really important to break down barriers. Over time it becomes easier and easier to overcome situations that previously seemed impossible to handle. Just like in my case.
How do you see the evolution of society in terms of women’s rights?
Women often support the family, compete with men, or are on an equal footing with men and take on leadership roles, i.e. they fulfil several roles simultaneously. They are therefore versatile. I believe in gender equality and I see the empowerment of women around the world. I pay particular attention to the violence that often affects women and I support strengthening the law to protect women’s rights in cases of physical and psychological abuse.
What are your dreams for tomorrow’s world for little girls?
I would like for women to no longer be discriminated against or considered weaker, with society not focusing on gender stereotypes. Because it is not our genetic make-up that counts, but the kind of people we are.