The first image that comes to mind when I hear the word hospital is very dramatic. Maybe a little too dramatic, I imagine screaming children, frustrated faces stuck in long queues, angry nurses and the smell of antiseptic. I recently spoke to a friend of mine who has recently started working as a nurse in a children’s ward, turns out it is not what I imagined it would be like.
“What is it like working at a hospital?” I asked her half expecting a tirade of horror stories.
She smiled and paused for a minute before answering; “I was first afraid of working at a children’s ward. I thought there will be too much suffering for me to bear. On the first day I met a small boy who had just been diagnosed with blood cancer. I read his file before he was admitted and I was afraid to meet him. I didn’t know what I would say. When he came, he looked at me with the biggest smile on his face and said hi, am Ted. Then he noticed the big TV mounted on the wall and just like that he was home. In a few minutes he had made friends with the other children and he didn’t even cry when his mom left. Somehow, he inspired me, and I knew that it would be okay. There are a lot of sad and happy moments in the children’s ward. The environment can be overwhelming and the working hours really long. But to know that I am helping someone is always really satisfying.
You don’t have to be in the clinical career pathway to work in a hospital. You can be a hospital accountant, CEO, IT technician or social worker. For instance, The Nairobi Hospital which stands out as one of the nation’s top Hospital has so many professionals in their faculty. As you explore your career options, join our job shadowing program (call 0722978188 to reserve) and get a chance to experience a typical day working at Nairobi Hospital by accompanying various professional in their day to day activities. This gives you first hand information on what people in that career do daily. This way, you will know whether it is your preferred career.
Writer: Penny Ann Njeri
Intern in DYC