Alena Galkova - Community Nurse
Finance manager follows her heart and retrains as a nurse
Alena Galkova moved from Slovakia to England in 2000. Intending to stay for just one year to improve her English, Alena went on to settle in the country and spent 10 years working in finance for a hotel chain. In 2012 Alena decided to follow her heart and pursue her keen interest in healthcare that she has had since childhood.
Alena explained her exciting change of career, “I earned a comfortable wage in finance, but I was looking for a more gratifying and fulfilling line of work that would match my interests in supporting people and fit with my caring personality.”
Following completion of a pre-registration Access to Nursing course and Open University study of Health and Social Care, as well as Maths GCSE and IELTS exams, Alena trained for three years at the University of Manchester. All but one of Alena’s nursing placements were at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, and her passion for community nursing was ignited during her community placement.
The hard work has paid off for Alena and she is proud to have recently qualified. Alena now works for the Trust as a Community Nurse at Cornerstones District Nursing, “I enjoyed my placements with the Trust and it became my preferred employer. The role of a Community Nurse is so diverse and it is continually developing. My role involves assessing, planning and delivering nursing care for patients with a variety of conditions. I provide wound care, support for long term conditions including complex nursing needs, and end of life care.”
Talking about how rewarding she finds her role, Alena explained, “Community nurses have regular contact with patients and their families, in their own homes and over a long period of time. So you really do know when you make a difference to their quality of life.”
On her time with the Trust so far Alena praises the support she has received, “The team I work with is fantastic in supporting my needs and professional development. I couldn’t wish for a better start to my nursing career.”