We talk to specialist community public health school nurse Emily Govorovski
Why did you decide to become a nurse?
I took a job at my local hospital as an auxiliary nurse. After a couple of years, colleagues had persuaded me to do my nurses’ training – so I did!
Where did you train?
At the University of Brighton from 1999 until 2002.
What was your first job in nursing?
I did a pathway – three lots of six months in each chosen area. I chose a surgical ward, paediatric ward and intensive therapy unit. I never got as far as ITU as I had a baby during my second placement and then returned to work on the children’s ward.
What is the trait you least like in yourself and why?
I am really bossy – I just can’t help it.
From whom have you learnt the most in your career?
I have learnt from everyone I have ever worked with, who ever taught me and who ever managed me. Every grade of nurse and support staff have got something to share with me and teach me.
What advice would you give someone starting out?
Talk to lots of nurses. It is such a diverse career and one job is not the same as another. I started out thinking I wanted to be a surgical nurse, but soon realised that I wanted to work with children.
I like the fact that revalidation makes all nurses take responsibility for their own learning, and able to prove their worth
What keeps you awake at night?
Not much! I love my bed and I love sleep.
What’s the most satisfying part of your job?
Talking and listening to young people and families, and working in partnership with them to find a way forward.
What’s your proudest achievement?
I completed a specialist degree – Specialist Community Public Health Nursing – last year and got a first. I never thought that I would do a degree in my 40s, and with three kids in tow. I am very proud of that.
What would you have done if you hadn’t become a nurse?
My dream job is to have been an actress, but I would never have achieved it. I even failed my drama GCSE.
What job would you like to be doing in five years?
I am newly qualified in the school nursing world so I need to consolidate for a few years then I will be on the lookout for ways to extend my career.
What do you think makes a good nurse?
Nurses now all have to do a degree course. It’s great to have a professional qualification but nurses also need to be good, caring people who have exemplary listening and communication skills. They need to be able to think on their feet and have initiative.
If you could change one thing in healthcare, what would it be?
I like the fact that revalidation makes all nurses take responsibility for their own learning, and able to prove their worth. I would like our wage to reflect the skills and effort made by nurses.
What would your ideal weekend involve?
My family and I like hanging out at home and going on big adventures. We recently went indoor skydiving – although the kids enjoyed that more than I did!
If you could spend an hour with someone, who would it be?
My dad. I still miss him. He died almost seven years ago.