Steffi K Thomas
Clinical Instructor, Mumbai
Why did you choose nursing?
I always wanted to be an engineer, but I didn’t score very well to be able to pursue it. I was forced into being a nurse, my dad always wanted me to be a nurse and I wasn’t aware of anything about nursing. But eventually, I started liking nursing, I saw what a noble profession it is.So yes, I always wanted to be an engineer, but I’m glad I’m a nurse!
Which type of nursing job would you like to choose, if you were given another opportunity?
Comparing between a clinical and an institutional set up, I would always prefer clinical. Even though it comes with a bunch of challenges, everyday is a new day, every case is a new case! There is no monotony, it is a real challenge! I saw how important nursing is, new inventions, so much to learn, it was bustling with knowledge and care. I felt, I had arrived, I worked there for 4 years, absorbing each aspect of this profession.
But, due to certain circumstances, I had to move from a clinical setup on to becoming a clinical instructor at an educational institution. I do enjoy my time, imparting knowledge to the students, but what I miss is the daily challenge!
What, according to you, is the best and the worst part about your job?
It is sad to see so many nurses migrating to other countries, I understand why they might be doing so, long hours, less pay and no room for a breather! But, given a choice, I’d do it all over again, I would be a nurse and serve people each and every day. Now, I’m working hard to instil this in my students, am blessed to be in a position of influencing new talent for our field.