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Phumza Ncube – Care Home Nurse

Nursing & Midwifery

Phumza Ncube, 33, has been working as a staff nurse in the Benore Care Home, near Kirkcaldy, for the last 14 months.

He is originally from Zimbabwe and studied nursing. He is currently working in geriatric and palliative nursing which specialises in care for those living with dementia.

“I have been working at Benore Care Home for 14 months now and I really enjoy it. Since qualifying after studying my nursing degree I have worked in so many different roles, from A&E nursing, to surgical nursing, to where I am now which is more palliative and geriatric nursing.

“Nurses are needed everywhere in the world, no matter where you are. If you study nursing, you are guaranteed to land a secure job because you will always be in demand. It is also a role that offers a lot of flexibility, you can work full-time or part-time and pick up shifts to get more experience in areas that interest you. The prospects are endless.

“I got into it because I grew up already learning the skills of nursing while I was looking after an elderly parent back at home in Zimbabwe. I often visited the hospital and collected medication and so I sort of became a nurse by default. I love the job so much which is why I decided to study and get experience in the workplace to help me get to where I am now. It can be hard seeing someone injured, but it’s great to be able to be able to help others.

“Also, if you are someone not looking to have an office job, nursing is a great option. It’s completely different to sitting at a desk because you are up on your feet helping people physically, emotionally and spiritually. It’s so rewarding.”

Phumza’s advice to anyone considering working in healthcare

“I love my job and would highly recommend it as a career choice to young people. You help people every day to live well, how amazing is that? I have such a positive impact on people in my job and in many cases save lives. I often say if you save one person, you’re a hero, and if you save 100 or more, you’re a nurse. No two days are ever the same and you get to make a difference which is so important to me”.

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