It was third time lucky for healthcare assistant Anna Busse when she applied to train as a nurse.
Her change of heart came after she saw how nursing staff on Gray Ward at Northwick Park looking after her husband while recovering from cancer.
Anna said: “I was amazed by how caring and confident staff were in supporting patients and family members like myself. I just thought I had to give nurse training one more go.”
Anna qualifies this summer and has aspirations to become a nurse practitioner in ophthalmology where she currently works at Central Middlesex Hospital.
“I love coming into work. I have really found my vocation and just want to go as far as I can now.”
She has come a long way since arriving in the UK more than 15 years ago with no English and is an inspiration for anyone considering a midlife change of career.
Anna added: “I started my nursing degree when I was 42 but it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
“If you are tired of your current role or there is nothing more to achieve just open up and look for opportunities. I think it is important to take on challenges and do things for yourself. Sure, it can tough but it will pay off in the future so don’t give up.”