Celebrating our nurses – Sheyi Johnson

Date: 02 November 2020

Sheyi Johnson

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 Sheyi Johnson, Physical Health Lead Nurse in Barnet tells us what she loves about her job.

What inspired you to become a nurse?

Growing up I wanted to be a teacher as I felt that it was an area in which I could reach out to people as well as care for them. I attained my first degree in Political Science and later relocated to England, where I started working as a carer in a care home. I did that for nearly 3 years. I was inspired to pursue a career in nursing while working there as I realised that I had channelled the qualities that were important to me while growing up. I had a lot of care and empathy in me to give at a professional level. I applied to enrol as a student nurse and I have never looked back.

Can you please describe your typical day?

Some days are predictable, while others are not. A typical day for me will include:

  • Facilitating physical health training for frontline mental health staff on the wards and within the community
  • Working and supporting managers in their various teams to help improve the physical health of mental health patients
  • Providing professional leadership as well as support in the delivery of a vision for high quality nursing care for service users and their families in Barnet Division
  • Attending meetings at Team level and at the Trust level
  • Playing a key role in preventing and controlling Healthcare Associated Infections and to help staff comply with the Trust policy.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is when I know that I have followed the care of a patient through or I have delivered a training session. It is encouraging to receive emails or positive verbal recognition from staff and colleagues.

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

Nursing has been a very fulfilling career for me. There is a sense of satisfaction in having the opportunity to empower patients and their family. There are times that it can be very challenging and times in which one could be moved to tears, yet most times there is a sense of fulfilment, knowing that you have given the best care that you could give to a patient.

 

  • 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 Sheyi Johnson, Physical Health Lead Nurse in Barnet tells us what she loves about her job.