Kiran Droch – Community Staff Nurse
That’s when tragedy struck as her beloved mum Bimla – her role model – was diagnosed and died from cancer aged only 34.
As community staff nurse for Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Kiran (24) tells her story: “My life quite literally changed overnight, as I was left without my mum and no immediate family nearby to help me through the most challenging time of my life.”
Kiran works for the Trust that runs City Hospital – where she was born. She said: “I have always wanted to be a nurse because my mum inspired me by demonstrating the true qualities of a nurse. She was always helping people and I remember when I was a little girl she would go out of her way to help anyone who needed it. Losing my mum is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to face.
“When she died, my little brother Pavan was only eight years old and he desperately needed some stability to help him through the loss. My dad was overcome with grief, so I had to put mine to one side and turn to the practical matters of keeping a roof over our heads and food on the table.
“My own plans for study were put on hold as I left school at 16 and took on three retail jobs (from sales assistant to shelf stacker) working from 6am through to 10.30 pm at night. I did this for two years as I was the sole breadwinner and had to keep my family together.
“A year later, I saw an advertisement for a two year NHS apprenticeship to train as a Health Care Assistant with NVQ qualifications on successful completion, however it stated that experience was required. Although I had no formal caring experience, I had personal experience of nursing my mother. I took my chances and applied for the job and in the interview I spoke from my heart to show how determined I was.
“Happily I was offered the apprenticeship, and from then on I never looked back. I went on to train in phlebotomy (taking blood) smoking cessation, measuring BMI (body mass index) and other medical tests. I really wanted to work in a hospital environment and was appointed to a role in phlebotomy working at weekends. I did this in addition to my apprenticeship.
“From qualifying as a HCA, I then concentrated on training to be a nurse. I am so thankful that it has worked out for me and I love my role in the community as a staff nurse caring for my patients. I see around 40 patients a week, visiting them in their own homes and providing holistic and medical care.
“I love my job and am lucky to work with wonderful colleagues in the district nurse team.”
Kiran spends her free time doing DIY as her next big challenge is moving house. She does not allow anything to stand in her way as she tackles replacing floorboards, painting, wallpapering and home maintenance in the same manner she approaches all new challenges – head on.
She added: “I am saving up to get married, as every penny I have earned up to now has gone on paying household bills and buying food. I have never had anything spare to save for myself. So now with Pavan just turned 18 and settled into college studying travel and tourism, I am planning on saving little by little until I can afford the wedding my mum wanted me to have. It was something she had always dreamed of, and I am determined I will fulfil this for her.”