International Nurses' Day 12 May 2022

International Nurses' Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.

At C&I and BEH we held a joint webinar, chaired by Amanda Pithouse our Joint Chief Nurse, allowing our nurses from around the world and closer to home to tell their stories.  You can re-watch the webinar here

The webinar was just the start of a day of celebrations, cakes, and visits to clinical services across both trusts. 

Our nurses on marking the day

In preparation for this special day, we caught up with some of our nurses across both Trusts and obtained both text and video testimonials from them about their journey and what inspired them to become a nurse and what opportunities for development they've been offered since joining the Trust. Click the links below to watch their videos:

  • Kristina Radzeviciute - Registered Nursing Associate, C&I
  • Jo Pollock - Preceptorship and Professional Standards Lead, C&I
  • Noely Londa - Band 6 Community Nurse, C&I
  • Ann Jumawan - Associate Director of Nursing, Hospital Division, C&I
  • Emily Burch -  Associate Director of Physical Health and Lead for COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations, BEH
  • Helen Mehra -  Head of Nursing, Enfield Community Services, BEH
  • Karen Laidley - Divisional Matron for Enfield Community Services, BEH
  • George - newly qualified nurse, BEH

We also had some nurses across both Trusts send in written messages (below), wishing their colleagues well and letting us know what they find most rewarding about their roles. 

"Happy International Nurses' Day to all Nursing Colleagues! Proud to be a nurse, and to be part of the #TeamBEH nurse family! To all our modern day Florence Nightingales, thank you for your dedication to helping change the lives of others when they are at their most vulnerable. You rose to the many challenges the pandemic brought, sometimes at the expense of your own loved ones and well-being. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. Because of you we live in a happier, healthier world! Carol Moyo, Interim Deputy Director of Nursing, BEH

"My name is Lanniene Sadiwa, a BSc Mental Health Nursing graduate from the University of Greenwich – Cohort September 2017. I had my final student placement on Cardamom Ward during the pandemic, which turned into permanent employment as a Band 5 Staff Nurse when I received my NMC Pin.

My Preceptorship at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, which I finished in September 2021, had been a positive experience. I was welcomed and fully supported by the team to successfully apply knowledge and skills gained into everyday practice. I felt valued and respected and was given various learning opportunities and appropriate resources to enable me to develop my confidence as a newly registered nurse. The Preceptorship Programme, led by the Education Team, has provided me with essential and useful informative sessions.  

I have established good rapport and therapeutic relationships with patients and worked collaboratively within the Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT). On the ward, I had been proactive in supporting students’ learning. After over a year of working on the ward, I have recently been promoted for a Band 6 role as Practice Educator in February 2022, for the North Central London (NCL) Education Team funded by Health Education England, as part of the Clinical Placement Expansion Programme (CPEP). " Lanniene Sadiwa, Band 6 Practice Educator, BEH

"I started my nursing career in 1979. I qualified as a Learning Disability nurse in Kent and moved to London in 1983. I have worked in several London boroughs and have been part of the many changes and challenges in both health and social care over the years.

My journey has included several nursing positions which has grown my confidence and leadership skills to become an active team member. I continue to learn new skills on a daily basis which supports my role as a specialist nurse supporting change and my work within learning disability nursing.

My job/role is very rewarding as I feel able to support people with epilepsy to stay safe and take responsibility for their own health care. I worked in BEH several years ago but due to changes in policy I was transferred to another team outside of London. But I returned to BEH 3 years ago to take up the first position of epilepsy specialist nurse (adults) in learning disabilities in Enfield. As the role was new to the service, I had the opportunity to explore and research the best possible ways to keep people safe.

As a band 7 nurse I am inspired and love what I do and always ready to take on new challenges that I believe will enhance the best interest for my client group. Epilepsy is a health condition that requires ongoing research and nurses that will take on the challenges that it can bring. I am motivated in my role with the support of my great manager to continue my journey to be the best that I can be." Linda Farquharson, Epilepsy Specialist Nurse, Enfield Integrated Learning Disability Team, BEH

"Happy International Nurses' Day everyone! I'm incredibly proud to be a Nurse.  I have been a Nurse for all of my working life, starting my training as a Learning Difficulty Nurse at the age of 17.  I worked in Ireland for a number of years before moving to the UK.  

I had a particular interest in mental health and went on to do my post graduate mental health training.   I have remained working in the field of mental health ever since.

Many years later I still have the same passion for nursing as did when I joined the profession and I am grateful for the opportunities Camden & Islington has given me.   

I truly appreciate all the hard work that our Nurses, Support workers, Nursing Associates Assistant Practitioners and all our nursing workforce do for our service users and for the care and compassion that you demonstrate despite some of the challenges you may face.   
You do an amazing job!

Hope you have a memorable International Nurses' Day!" Ann Jumawan, Associate Director of Nursing, Hospital Division, C&I

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