She was in Shipman Court in Broad Street last Friday at about 9.50pm when two men aged about 18 appeared from the Page Park area and tried to snatch her bag and pulled her to the floor in the process.
They ran off toward Mangotsfield and then jumped back into the park when someone shouted “Oi”. The voice is believed to have come from the Broad Street or Lodge Road direction.
Both offenders were white. One was about 5ft 7in and stocky and wearing a black leather jacket with a hood, dark trousers and a black beanie hat with a blue and white bandana covering his mouth and nose.
The second was slim and wearing a dark hooded jumper, dark trousers and white trainers. He had a black scarf over his mouth and nose but had distinctive fair eyebrows.
Detective Constable Mark Gilbert, who is investigating the incident, said: “This victim was about to start a shift giving care to a patient dying from cancer.
“Before she could even get to the front door she was assaulted by these two men who tried to take her bag. We are taking this incident very seriously and will do all we can to identify the two men responsible.
“We would particularly like to speak to the person who shouted at the men and interrupted the attack.”
Anyone with information should contact DC Mark Gilbert on 101 and quote 11956/13.