Kathy Wadhams, winner of the Clinical Nurse Pf Award 2017, on how a passion for her job and her patients make her work so rewarding.
Q. What is your current role and what does it involve?
I am currently a Nurse Advisor, visiting patients in their own home for injections, bloods and ECGs. They have different conditions including breast cancer.
Q. How did you feel when your name was called out as a Pf Award Winner?
It was the most surreal experience, I was so surprised but so elated. In fact I did keep asking them to check they had the right name!
Q. What made you enter the Pf Awards 2017 and how did your company support you in your application?
I was encouraged to apply by my line manager at the time. He really supported me and helped me through every step of the process.
“The process gives you more confidence to tackle other things such as interviews and presentations. I am so grateful to the Pf Awards”
Q. What did it mean to you to win the Pf Award?
It was such an honour!
Q. What do you think made you stand out to the Pf Awards judges?
I actually asked after the Awards Dinner as didn’t quite believe it! They said that my passion for my role came across and that’s why I won.
Q. What made you choose to work in the pharmaceutical industry?
I had been a nurse in the NHS for many years, not realising that there were other opportunities out there. One day I was working with a doctor who had a friend in the industry and he encouraged me to talk to him. The rest is history…
Q. What is the best thing about your job?
The patients – with the Nurse Advisor role I can really make a difference. I have the luxury of time to spend with them, care for them and have a social impact. Sometimes they just want to talk or need a hug, it is so rewarding.
Q. What has winning the Pf Award done for your career?
It has made me stand out in interviews. It has also made me more respected in my role.
Q. What are your future career ambitions?
I just want to carry on making a difference and progress as and when I can in my role; it really doesn’t make a difference about age, as this Pf Award has shown me.
Q. What would you say to anyone thinking of entering the Pf Awards?
DO IT! I would fully recommend entering the Pf Awards. It can be a long, and at times stressful process. However it is worth it and even the process gives you more confidence to tackle other things such as interviews and presentations. I am very grateful to Pf Awards.
Go to www.pfawards.co.uk