Sister Jen on trucking and fancy sheds

11.05.12 Categories: 24 Hours in A&E, Staff stories

Jen Du Prat has worked in King's College Hospital's Emergency Department for 10 years. She trained at the Queen Charlotte's School of Nursing. When Jen's not at work she's at home with her family and ambitious DIY projects.

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What are your interests outside work?

As I have a very young family I do not have much time to pursue other interests, as you can imagine a three- and two-year-old keep my partner and I extremely busy.

I am a qualified electrician and I really enjoy DIY. I have recently finished a project which has taken nearly two years to complete, an amazing shed which is fully equipped with a heated floor.

What is your greatest ambition?

My greatest ambition is to bring up two healthy happy children who become confident successful adults. I would also really love to own a Harley Davidson motorbike.

What is your favourite thing about working in A&E?

My favourite thing about the Emergency Department is the amazing staff I have the pleasure to work with. They make a sometimes difficult and emotional job bearable.

Do you find colleagues and/or patients act differently around the cameras?

Most of the staff did not act any differently and just got on with the job.

What do you enjoy most about working at KCH and why?

Working at King's provides a unique opportunity to be involved with an organisation that supports the community not only by providing world class healthcare, but also encourages the development of its staff. The training and life experience I have gained throughout my 10 years will prove invaluable in the future.

Has being on 24 Hours changed anything for you? 

Nothing has really changed for me apart from people recognising me in the street.  It is still very surreal and unexpected but much appreciated.

If you could have any job what would it be and why?

I would love to gain my HGV licence and become an ice road trucker.

Who do you think has the hardest job at the hospital and why?

I think the housekeepers and porters have the hardest jobs in the hospital, they are vital.

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