Celebrating our nurses – Ennie Nyamangunda

Date: 01 July 2020

Ennie

2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife – a chance for us to shine the light on some of the amazing nurses who make up our diverse workforce.

Here Ennie Nyamangunda, Ward Manager at Ken Porter Ward in Barnet tells us what she loves about her job.

What inspired you to become a nurse?

I was in my early 20s when I left my family in Africa for the UK to follow my husband. Being the youngest of three girls, I have always felt and took it upon myself that I was the one to look after my mother in her old age. However, being in a different country made it impossible for me to be physically present to tend to my mother’s needs. I felt that I needed to know more about physical health conditions to be able to support her better. Hence, nursing was the only career that enabled me to fulfill my wish and desire of looking after my mother.

What is the best part of your job?

It’s the laughter that can be heard on the Ward, the joy that at times can be felt, the fact that staff and patients can approach me when need be and that I can and I am available to assist on the floor. Working with relatives makes me feel like I’m part of the family and their success stories. I’m a happy, proud nurse.

Can you please describe your typical day?

My typical day can be different depending on what is going on that day. However, it can include the following:  

  • Dropping off children to school (pre-COVID-19 pandemic)
  • Overcome the challenge of finding parking 😊
  • First thing I like doing when I arrive on the Ward is to go round the ward greeting patients in their rooms, seeing staff on duty whilst at the same time checking the environment; working on the floor – hands on  
  • Checking and responding to emails as well as my calendar or diary
  • Observing meal times. This gives me a portrait picture of patients. It can tell me all changes in presentation, mood and eating habits
  • Attending the White board meeting, discussing patients and be part of an MDT decision making team
  • Working with all staff being, trouble shooting, staff rota/covering shifts
  • Supporting and advising staff on escalating physical health care to acute hospital
  • Working in partnership with relatives, friends, family and liaising with Senior managers
  • Working together with Stakeholders; multi-agencies (e.g. Local Authority, CCGs, GPs, Private sector); multi-disciplinary teams i.e. Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists; Dietitians, Physio; Pharmacists and other teams such as Domestic staff,  Finance team, HR Department etc. to ensure delivery of quality holistic care
  • Attending meetings, conferences and supervision of staff and induction for new staff
  • Dealing with complaints
  • I am also studying. I’m in the middle of doing my dissertation and at times I have to study after work.

What would you say to someone considering a career in nursing?

Nursing is about the heart. It’s about working with both your hands and heart. It’s fulfilling and rewarding. Being part of your patient’s journey from illness to recovery brings joy and gives a feel good factor knowing that you are part of their journey to recovery. At times nursing can make you cry and be sad and happy at the same time. Helping others, being there, crying with them, at times having to be emotionally strong for them or their relative, being sad and happy together is all part of the joy of being a nurse.  Nursing will challenge you in ways that you have never been challenged in your entire life. This is what will make you stronger and an effective attentive joyful fulfilled nurse. This career will give you the ability to think on your feet and to use all your senses when making decisions. It is the best rewarding and fulfilling job ever.

 

 

  • Summary:

    2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife – a chance for us to shine the light on some of the amazing nurses who make up our diverse workforce.

    Here Ennie Nyamangunda, Ward Manager at Ken Porter Ward in Barnet tells us what she loves about her job.