Gavin Kissoondeeal, charge nurse, shares his thoughts on what it’s like being a nurse at the trust.
What does a day in the life of a nurse look like?
Challenging, being flexible and adapting to new situations. No two days are the same!
What makes your job rewarding?
Being a medical retina specialist nurse my utmost reward is to see how the intravitreal injections I give to patients help to maintain their independence and improve the quality of their life through improved vision.
What are the challenges?
To constantly strive to meet targets and deadlines and at times unrealistic expectations of our service users.
When did you decide you wanted to become a nurse and how did you set about pursuing this goal?
My late mother has been my greatest inspiration to become a nurse. She has guided me into this profession and since being a student nurse my ambition was to become a charge nurse as well as a nurse specialist. My first manager also guided me to become the person I am today.
What is something your colleagues would not know about you?
I have been practising martial arts for several years without my fellow colleagues being aware of it. Maybe now they might know!
What attracted you to a career in nursing at Moorfields?
Since working as a band 5 ophthalmic nurse in Brighton, I heard about the international recognition of Moorfields and in 2010 I had the fortunate opportunity of applying to join Moorfields and it has been the best move in my nursing career.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in nursing?
Nursing as a profession has evolved drastically in the last 10-15 years. Despite some stereotypical image of nursing in the press, nursing has taken a different leaf in the last decade giving rise to more nurse specialist roles and working autonomously as a registered practitioner. I therefore encourage anyone contemplating a nursing career to do so without hesitation.