Empowering Women in Healthcare: Sujitha’s Inspiring Journey as an International Nurse

On International Women’s Day, Global Nurse Force celebrates the countless women who dedicate their lives to improving the well-being of others. In the healthcare field, their impact is undeniable, and their stories serve as powerful testaments to resilience, dedication, and the transformative power of empowerment.

Among these remarkable individuals stands Sujitha Kuttiyil Jacob, a nurse whose journey reflects the unwavering spirit of women who dare to dream big and make a difference

Sujitha’s Story: From Band 4 Nurse to Clinical Practice Educator

Hailing from India, Sujitha embarked on her international journey as a Band 4 nurse in the UK five years ago. Today, she flourishes as a Clinical Practice Educator, sharing her expertise and passion with colleagues in the National Health Service (NHS).

Can you elaborate on your career journey?

“Starting as a Band 4 nurse in 2018, I completed the OSCE and transitioned to a Band 5 role in cardiothoracic ICU. I actively participated in quality projects, mentored new nurses, and became an integral part of the team. Within three years, my dedication was recognized, and I was promoted to Band 6 Sister in Charge. In 2022, my passion for teaching led me to pursue a new role as a Clinical Practice Educator, where I currently guide colleagues in using the new electronic patient record system, Hive.”

Describe your experience as an international nurse in the UK.

“It’s been a rewarding yet challenging journey. Adapting to a new healthcare system and cultural nuances initially presented hurdles. However, the UK offered incredible opportunities for those willing to work hard and pursue their passion. I thoroughly enjoy my current role and wholeheartedly recommend the UK to anyone seeking a fulfilling career in healthcare.

Have you faced specific challenges as a woman in healthcare?

“Initially, the biggest challenge was adapting to the different healthcare system and navigating cultural differences. However, I never lost sight of my passion and persevered. With support, I overcame these challenges and emerged stronger.”

Sujitha, how did Global Nurse Force empower nurses like yourself?

“Global Nurse Force played a pivotal role in empowering me as a nurse. They provided invaluable resources and support, including career guidance and a robust support system, which facilitated my smooth transition from India to the UK. This comprehensive support allowed me to navigate the intricacies of the new healthcare system and cultural environment, ultimately enabling me to build a successful and fulfilling career in the NHS.”

What inspired you to pursue a career in healthcare?

“My inspiration comes from my mother, an excellent nurse herself. Witnessing her dedication to caring for others ignited my own passion for this noble profession.”

What advice would you offer other women considering a career in healthcare, especially those looking to work internationally?

“Embrace your strengths, pursue your passion with unwavering dedication, and never underestimate your capabilities. With hard work and perseverance, you can achieve great things, both in your home country and abroad.”

What are your hopes for the future of women in healthcare?

“I envision a future where women hold leadership positions, drive innovation, and play an even more significant role in shaping the future of healthcare. With continued support and empowerment, we can collectively achieve this goal.”

Do you have a message for other women on International Women’s Day?

“Celebrate your achievements, break down barriers, and chase your dreams with unwavering courage. Together, we can create a more inclusive and equitable healthcare environment for the generations to come.

Sujitha’s journey is a powerful testament to the impact Global Nurse Force has on the lives and careers of international nurses. Her story inspires and empowers women around the world to embrace their potential and make a difference in the healthcare landscape. By breaking down barriers and inspiring others, nurses like Sujitha paves the way for a future where women are not only at the forefront of healthcare, but also shaping the very systems that impact our lives.

This International Women’s Day, let Sujitha’s story remind us that by empowering women, we empower the world.

Empowering Women in Healthcare: Sujitha’s Inspiring Journey as an International Nurse
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