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Valeria Pellegrini

Valeria Pellegrini

Ward Sister, Kings D Ward, WHH

Coming to work is a joy rather than a chore for ward sister Valeria Pellegrini.

The Italian has worked for East Kent Hospitals for four years after moving from Rome for the chance to work in a public healthcare system.

And while she loves looking after the patients, it’s the supportive environment of Kings D ward that she really cherishes.

Valeria said: “I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. This ward is so supportive and I call my boss my line mother rather than my line manager.

“I really fell in love with the nursing profession when I started training. Originally I thought I wanted to be a therapist but I love nursing.

“I want to develop my skills to be able to perform better, and nursing is part of the way I like to live. I like being able to do things for other people.”

She is also keen to contribute to wider improvements, and is running a research programme about advanced clinical practitioners in surgical settings.

Valeria said: “When you can do something to make life better for someone, it is a fantastic feeling.

“I do miss the sunshine of Italy but I love everything about working here.

“My boyfriend came to England with me and works at the dementia village in Dover and we are both very happy here.”

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