How long have you worked at Ramsay Santé?
Since October 2018, but I began my career in 2014 at the Capio group’s Clinique des Cèdres in Toulouse (France), which has since become part of the Ramsay Santé group (NB: Ramsay Santé purchased the Capio group in November 2018).
Why did you choose this profession?
Even when I was very young, I wanted to work in health care. Firstly because I had a lot of respect and admiration for the nurses who came to care for my hemiplegic grandfather, who lived near us. I watched them take care of my grandfather, and I saw all the good that this job does for people.
As I am very sporty, I was thinking more along the lines of studying physical therapy. But during a career guidance fair, the person manning the nursing stand was much nicer and more passionate than the person manning the physio stand. So I decided to take the entrance exam for nursing. After working as a nurse for two years, I wanted to return to my studies, and I registered for a master’s degree, with a view to going into clinical research. But I didn’t really like statistics, and my teachers encouraged me to go into management. So I became a health care supervisor.
What do you most like about your job/your daily life?
The bond that develops between caregivers and patients. It’s a difficult job, with poor financial compensation. But we take care of people, and there is close human interaction. In all cases, they are very important to me. It’s a nice reward when a patient tells me that he/she is happy with their health care team. It’s my job to create an environment of trust for every member of the team. Everything is based on mutual trust and respect, when working as a line manager. You have to be able to say anything, especially if there is a problem. There are so many people taking care of patients that the flow of information is a major issue.
Do you have a passion?
Yes, sport. I did a lot of high-level running: mountain races, cross-country, 10 km races. I’ve stopped high-level sport since I became a nurse, now I only do it for pleasure, because time is precious, particularly as I became a mother six months ago. High-level sport taught me a lot: motivation, thoroughness and an appetite for work. My former trainer, Fabrice Morales, inspires me a lot in my daily work as a manager. With him, everything was based on trust, but you couldn’t disappoint him, things had to “get going”... just like in my health care unit today!
Do your colleagues have a nickname for you?
Not particularly, maybe “boss”, because of my position as manager.