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It’s an absolute pleasure to work alongside such talented, caring and experienced people at Richmond Villages. Norlie Bulacan, a Registered General Nurse at Richmond Painswick, shares with us his career journey so far.
How did your career path begin and where has it taken you?
My wife and I came over to England in 2001 to work as nurses in a nursing home in the Forest of Dean. We came with our 3 year old baby, Nicole, who is now 20 years old and is also following a career in nursing. She is currently studying nursing at university and is also working at Richmond Painswick as part of the domiciliary care team. My wife currently works for the NHS while I have continued to work in a nursing home setting, as I get so much satisfaction in looking after the more senior age group. I’ve learnt a lot from those I have cared for, not only from a medical point of view but also from their wisdom and years of experience.
In your spare time, do you have any hobbies and interests that you enjoy that relate to your role and add to your experience?
As a family, we are involved in a lot of international ‘mission trips’ and humanitarian initiatives. We’ve been in ‘The Jungle’ in Calais, France, a couple of times to assist the refugees during the peak of the European migrant crisis. A few years ago we were in Bulgaria to help the Romani communities during the recession. We go back to the Philippines every year to visit a tribe of indigenous people in the mountains to check their health conditions and provide them with clothes and food supplies. I am also a volunteer at Treasure Seekers ‘Support at the Cavern’ in Westgate Street, Gloucester, where we help vulnerable and homeless people to feel less isolated and anxious by providing them with low level interventions.
What do you love most about your profession?
As a Christian and a nurse, I feel so blessed and privileged to be able to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world doing what I love doing, and because of that I am compelled to give back to the community and to the world in every little way that I can.
I’m grateful to all of my colleagues and residents, here and then, who have taught me how to be humble and content in life. I’m very much looking forward to many more years of nursing in the middle of the Cotswolds.