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.”