Jeremy Arbis is a practice development nurse in neurosciences – it is his job to help other neuro nurses progress in their nursing career. He says London is the perfect place for career development – as long as you have a passion for the job and a desire to progress.
Jeremy came to London from the Philippines five years ago and loves working at King’s. “My career development has been very quick,” he said. “As long as you know what you want to do and you are committed to achieve your goal, then it can be easy to get ahead in London as there are loads of opportunities whether it is in research, management or teaching. The possibilities are endless.
“I currently work in the neurosciences department where there are great opportunities. We support all members of staff to help them progress in their career, even those who are unsure what they want to do. We encourage and guide them but the drive and interest has to come from them.”
Jeremy says that initially he wanted to become a doctor and chose nursing as his pre-med course, but the medical school fees were too high.
“I decided to stick with nursing because it is a challenging, interesting and makes a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis and I love it so much,” he said. “It was perfect for me because I enjoy looking after my patients and being in a clinical environment.”
Jeremy’s main role now involves supporting, developing and teaching members of staff. He has been involved in teaching at King’s College London. He was also involved in the development of a neuroscience foundation course, together with the practice development team of the neurosciences department at King’s. However, he still works on the wards, caring for patients when needed and supports all members of staff. “I have considered taking on a full-time teaching role but in the meantime I am happy to work clinically to improve my skills and work on my teaching qualifications,” he said.
“There is a lot of fulfilment from looking after patients,” he added. “Nursing is not an easy job and you need to be committed and passionate because it can be draining and exhausting.
“But being a nurse is so rewarding. Dealing with patients and their families, and helping them through what is often a difficult time for them is extremely satisfying for me.”
Jeremy says London is the perfect place for him. “I could have gone somewhere else but I chose London because it is very diverse, there are better opportunities and I can be fully independent here,” he said. “I also love the weather (apart from summer!). The weather in the Philippines is too hot and humid for me! London has so many things to offer – whatever you want to do you can find it in London. This is my second home now.”