Welcome Li Wang – our new ward sister at Musgrove Park Hospital

Li Wang has recently stepped up to the role of ward sister on Fielding ward – our specialist cardiology ward at Musgrove Park Hospital.

The ward cares for patients who have been through our cardiac cath lab and coronary care unit, as well as those who have heart failure and other heart conditions.

Li has worked at the trust in nursing roles for over a decade and has worked her way up to a ward sister role.

“I came to the UK in 2004 and originally thought I’d get a couple of years’ experience before going back home,” she said. “But then two years became five and then I gained a British citizenship and have stayed here ever since.

“When I first arrived in the country I took up a role as a care worker in a nursing home, but in 2009 I decided I wanted to go back into nursing so I undertook a diploma at Plymouth University.

“Three years later I qualified as a registered nurse and I joined the team on Fielding ward where later, in between a period of maternity leave, I became junior sister.

“I loved my role as a junior sister as I enjoyed being there for my colleagues. I then decided to broaden my experience and applied for a similar role on Dunkery ward – our acute stroke unit – where I worked for nearly two years.

“Then Abbie Bennett, the ward sister on Fielding ward, went on maternity leave and I was successful in applying to cover her, which I felt was a great opportunity for me to develop my skills.

“I’m really excited to be taking up this role and am enjoying leading our nursing team on the ward with the support of matron Kerry Trunks.

“Work is so very different now as we’ve had to adjust everything we do with the introduction of PPE and social distancing.

“The pandemic has certainly placed extra pressure on everyone, but I also feel it really brought us closer together as a ward team and we’re doing everything we can to look after each other as wellbeing is so important.

“While we’ve been working so hard at work, it’s so important that we remember to look after our own wellbeing. I have been making the most of every day I get off to spend time with my young family, taking my daughters out for a walk to give them exercise and fresh air.”