Celebrating International Nurses' Day

Date: 12 May 2021

International Nurses Day photo collage

To celebrate International Nurses' Day, we would like to shine the light on some of the amazing nurses who make up our diverse workforce.

Please read their stories below.

Andrea Pajak, Children's Community MatronSpecialist Nursing, Bereavement and Play Team Lead, Special School Nursing Clinical Lead, Enfield Community Services

Andrea wanted to become a nurse since she was 15 years old.

She trained for three years and qualified as a registered general nurse in early 1990. During her training she had quite a few placements on the general paediatrics wards. This is when she decided to pursue a career in paediatric nursing.

Andrea joined BEH from an agency to cover the role of the Team Lead for the Specialist Nursing Team. She got a substantive post in November 2016 as the Children’s Community Matron for the Specialist Nursing Bereavement and Play Team.

Andrea says: “My work allows me to support the complex needs and technology dependent children and their families often from the start of their journey.

One of the best things about my job are the people I work with. The team are amazing, skilled and so dedicated to their work. It is a pleasure to be their manager.

I would encourage anyone to look at a career in nursing as it has so much to offer. Nursing roles are so diverse nowadays and offer the opportunity to support people in their time of need.”

Kezuri Bramble, Junior Sister, Magnolia Unit, Enfield Community Services
Having worked as a care assistant, senior carer in a care home and caring for her brother, Kezuri gained passion and motivation to help others.

She has worked as a Band 5 nurse since qualifying in 2008. Her career prospects developed when she gained valuable experience whilst on a care of the elderly ward, short stay ward and re-enablement ward.

She also had the opportunity to work in a secondment position at a Band 6 level as a discharge nurse where she worked with the multidisciplinary team, families of patients, and other professionals to manage challenging situations in order to facilitate safe discharge.

Kezuri says: “The COVID-19 pandemic was challenging for myself and my team members but my leadership skills, coordinating skills and clinical experience gained whilst as a Band 6 discharge nurse allowed me to manage the staffing levels and smoothly run the ward.

Therefore, I was promoted to a Band 7 Ward Manager role for three months on Canterbury Ward to provide treatment for COVID positive recovering patients.  My team, made up of Capetown staff and Moorfield nursing team, came along to support us in this pandemic.

I believe that a career in nursing is a rewarding path that requires the right approach, including compassion, commitment, good communication skills, flexibility and enthusiasm. I would recommend it to anyone.”

Doris Nji, Community Matron, St Michael's Care Centre, Enfield Community Services

Doris was allocated for a community placement in Enfield in 2008. In the third year of her university course, she became registered as an adult nurse working with the community nursing team. She then achieved a degree in District Nursing in 2014.

Doris managed the district nursing teams for a short while as a caseload manager and eventually qualified as a Community Matron in 2014.

Doris says: “My average week before the pandemic was completing new patient assessments, liaising with all members of the MDT depending on needs identified as well as liaising with the GPs for medication reviews, and chairing MDTs as allocated by the MDT co-coordinator.

Now with the pandemic, I can be a district nurse in the morning and community matron in the afternoon. Sometimes I am a rapid response nurse in the evening and a COVID-19 vaccinator. These are the diverse elements of nursing I hold so dearly to my heart and love.

The best thing about my job is the community around me, especially my colleagues and my manager who supports me. My job also promotes professional development by encouraging us to attend courses up to the university level, achieving skills in case management, physical assessment and non -independent prescribing which facilitates day to day management of the caseload.”

Everlyne Njeri, Ward Manager, Tulip Ward, Haringey

Everlyne decided to pursue nursing when her grandmother, who she was close to, passed away.

She says: “My grandmother was very dear to me. When she started forgetting things, it was very stressful for her and caused her to be disappointed with herself. With time this continued, and she had to be taken care of.

Having taken care of my grandmother for a while, it was apparent that she had a form of a mental health issue, but this was not diagnosed. After she passed away, I was interested to find out what caused this. With lots of literature and research, I was informed that the possible diagnosis was dementia. With this in mind, I decided to support people in distress. I moved from accountancy into nursing which has brought satisfaction into my career.

I qualified in 2010 and worked for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust as a Band 5 nurse where I acquired my initial experienced. I then moved into the community and then got a leadership role.

My working week can be full of adrenaline flow; however, seeing a patient who had been very unwell ready for discharge is very satisfying.”

Moreblessing Mureewi, Deputy Team Manager, West Locality Team, Haringey

She was influenced by nursing icons such as Mary Seacole, a pioneer role model whose bravery inspired her. Another influential woman was Kofoworola Abeni Pratt, the first African woman recorded to have worked in the NHS.As a young person growing up in Zimbabwe, Moreblessing was part of an extended community which was caring and looked after the young, the vulnerable and the aged.

Moreblessing says: “I started my career as a health care assistant working in residential care. I then progressed to undertake an Access to Nursing course. Following this, I completed a Diploma in Nursing before graduating with a BSc in Nursing.

I have worked as a Band 6 nurse in an Integrated Community Mental Health Team before moving into my current role as a Band 7 Deputy Team Manager.

The best thing about my job at present is working in my community team, West Locality Team. It is a vibrant team of professionals that are hardworking and committed to improving patient experience and I am happy to be part of such a committed and dedicated group of people.

I work with a manager who believes in me, sees and brings out skills in me that has boosted my confidence to excel as a nurse. It is good to work with leaders that respect and value the contributions that each and every person brings to their role. I can now see opportunities and ambition to progress. 

To be empowered is vital for every professional but as a woman from the BAME background, I have felt the value of working with managers that promote equality of opportunity.  Working under this leadership has enabled me to be creative and appreciate the value of creating opportunities for others to flourish and to go the extra mile.

Muhammad Jaunbocus, Ward Manager, Shannon Ward, Barnet

When he arrived in the UK, Muhammed was impressed with how many of his family members and relatives were nurses. Their rewarding careers pushed him to explore mental health nursing.

Muhammed says: “I started my journey as a health care assistant and I chose mental health nursing as a field because I think it is a career that is very rewarding and satisfying to help people suffering from mental illness. I then decided that I wanted to complete my nursing degree to become a registered mental health nurse.

I qualified in February 2016. Since then I have worked in various positions in both NHS and the private sector.

Since becoming a nurse, I have learnt from every single shift and I am pleased to be part of such amazing frontline staff that have been delivering amazing care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The best aspect about my job is to see patients recover from their mental illness. It can be very difficult for some patients when they are very unwell. However, when we are able to see them recover from their crisis or acute stage and get well, this makes mental health nursing very satisfying.”

Mine Barron, Acting Team Leader, Intensive Enablement Team, Barnet

Mine is currently acting band 7 Deputy Manager in the Intensive Enablement Team (IET).

During the lockdown, a majority of the IET was redeployed with the NHS staff going to the wards and clinics and the social care staff working in the social care hub. During this time both IET managers were co-running the social work hub.

Mine stepped up to ensure that clients in the IET still had a service and people to talk to. She kept an eye on KPIs and targets and ensured the smooth running of the team. Most importantly, she looked out for staff who were still based within the IET at this time and started reflective practice sessions on Friday afternoons. She also proposed 10am daily meet ups for the team. They are still taking place and provide the staff with a vital opportunity to connect whilst some members of the team still work from home.

Mine says: "At the age of twelve I was watching a documentary about Bakirkoy Mental Health Institution in Istanbul, Turkey. I felt the pain of those individuals, mainly the bad condition they were living in and how badly they were treated. I wanted to be their saviour and their voice and I wanted to be in a mental health setting where I would be able to hold their hands, sit by the side of them and listen to their incredible stories and let them know that they are not alone in their individual journey. This became my mission.

When I graduated from secondary school, I was restricted by my elder sister from pursuing a career in nursing so I studied fashion design but was steered away from this and I ended up in hotel management for several years. Then I realised that there was still something missing in my life.  I travelled to the USA and the UK in 1996 and finally I settled in the UK to learn English language and pursue my mission to get into metal health nursing. Once I qualified with a Mental Health Nursing HEDip from Hertfordshire University I joined the BEH. I furthered my studies in mental health studies and gained a BSc degree. I trained in mindfulness and introduced it to the Trust. I also recently completed a course in counselling and obtained a diploma."

  • Summary:

    To celebrate International Nurses' Day, we would like to shine the light on some of the amazing nurses who make up our diverse workforce.

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