Celebrating our nurses – Fungai Newbaware

Date: 03 March 2020

Fungai Nembaware

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 Fungai Newbaware, Health and Wellbeing Nurse, tells us why she became a nurse.

What inspired you to become a nurse?

I became a nurse because I wanted to do something challenging and meaningful to contribute positively to people’s lives. Growing up in Zimbabwe, there was little knowledge about how to care for people with mental health problems. The emphasis was mostly on physical health. I did my first degree in media and society studies and while working in the media industry in Harare, I saw that mental health was never covered.

When I came to the UK, I saw how nursing was diverse and instantly my interest in mental health nursing was reignited. I wanted to learn so I could raise awareness, especially among my own people around this pertinent topic. I believe in changing perceptions and stigma associated with mental health so working as a nurse is helping break barriers slowly. I do some community work around this and I see perceptions shifting.

Nursing is a caring job. I am naturally a caring person so it only felt right to be in a field where I could extend love, care, empathy and compassion on a daily basis.

My journey to become a nurse started at University of Hertfordshire where I graduated with a First Class in BSc. (Hons) Nursing. Prior to that, I had completed a Masters in Mental Health and Well Being at London Metropolitan University.

What is the best part of your job?

There is a lot of stigma around mental health and the job we do as nurses. I look after people at their most vulnerable point in their life when they are acutely unwell and it requires me to be caring and empathetic. Being a mental health nurse has helped me meet people from diverse backgrounds, work with them and empower them through their personal journey to recovery. Seeing them when they start getting better and are ready to move on with their lives is the most rewarding feeling ever.

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

Come on and join the most rewarding career. Being a nurse is not only about the people we look after. It is also about what we learn about ourselves too! The skills we develop during our professional duties have helped me in my personal development. It is a very versatile job and it teaches me not to be judgemental and to treat people with love always as that is the glue that keeps people sane.

  • 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.

    Today we would like to introduce you to Fungai Newbaware, our Health and Wellbeing Nurse.