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Guiding Patients Through Their Journeys: Compassion Across Borders

“Life is wonderful. You shouldn’t give up even in the most difficult situations. Come here and we will help you. A positive attitude is very important and looking only forward is very important.”

While nursing is not an easy profession, it’s undoubtedly rewarding. Vika is a nurse who has been working for Sheba since she graduated from nursing school in 2002 and has never looked back. She chose to work with patients who come here from all over the world, and it’s clear she loves what she does.

“When you work in a hospital, it’s a little different than in my current position. This is another kind of help, it’s not giving injections, carrying out chemotherapy or treating wounds. It’s a little different here – you see the patient from beginning to end, you get to know them more deeply, and you know their parents, children, and family. And basically, I like to do it. I like my position and I feel it is my calling.”

One of the things that makes her good at her job is that she understands the difficulties these patients deal with when receiving treatment far from home. The language barrier, differences in culture and even logistics are sometimes hard to deal with, but it’s worth it in the end.

“There is warmth in the soul, a smile on your face and a feeling that you did everything right, that you brought it to the end, that you achieved your goal. This is a feeling of satisfaction with a job well done. I didn’t come here for this position for nothing, I didn’t get up in the morning for nothing.”

Vika also understands that her job doesn’t just revolve around her patients, because it’s never that simple.

“We need to assess the situation because this is a matter of life and death. The family does not know what will happen or how the situation will develop. I talk with them regularly and always try to give as much information as possible. All families are different. There are those who come here with almost their whole family, it’s easier for them to cope with everything, and there are those who come alone and in such cases it is ultimately more difficult for them to experience all this and I always try to provide the support they need.”

Thank you Vika for all the compassion you show and hard work you put in!

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