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International Nurses Day 2020

Category: Achievements, Health and Wellbeing, health sector, NHS, Health, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Nursing, thanking, healthcare and pharmaceutical, health awareness, achieve


Tuesday 12th May was International Nurses Day – a chance to celebrate the contribution that nurses make to societies around the world, in alignment with Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Dean Howells, Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “In normal circumstances, the day would be a chance for our C&I nursing colleagues to join together to celebrate over cake and a cuppa. This year, of course, is a little different, but we still wanted to be able to highlight the great work of our nurses.”

Dean, along with Jackie Smith, Trust Chair, hosted a special International Nurses Day webinar to all staff where they thanked everyone for all they are doing at this time and read out special ‘shout-outs’ for nursing colleagues sent in by staff. Jackie said: “Let me first express my thanks to all of our nursing colleagues for the work you are doing. We’re facing the biggest challenge most of us have ever seen in our careers. I’m sure like most, you are facing stresses and anxieties in both your working and personal lives, and despite this you are still going above and beyond to make sure we provide the best care possible for our service users.”

Last week, we also welcomed more than a dozen student nurses as they joined the Trust last week near the end of their training. We asked them why they became a nurse and what makes a good mental health nurse in this short video below.

Nursing shout-outs

For the past week, colleagues have been sending in their shout-outs for nursing colleagues. Jackie said: "It is fantastic to see how you are looking out for each other on top of everything you are doing for service users."

Elizabeth Adegbenro would like to shout-out

"I would like to say a big thank you to Matron Mary Ibude (pictured above) for her on-going support, especially when I was off sick with Covid-19, which fell during the Easter holidays when I was home alone.  She ensured that meals were delivered to me and also called to ensure that I had actually eaten. I came back to work and was telling others - and I discovered that she had done this for couple of other staff known to be home alone.   Despite her work load, she makes it her job to go around the wards to make sure that staff received daily allocation of meals. Thank you Mary!"

Dr Gina Waters would like to shout-out the nursing staff on Dunkley ward

"I have been the consultant on Dunkley ward for some time and have worked with the most amazing nurses and support staff. Despite staffing changes over the years, the culture of teamwork and positivity has remained intact.

"It is a team which truly functions as one; everyone supports each other. They 'look after' each cohort of new junior doctors with patience and good humour. They are excellent clinicians and I trust their decisions and opinions. Sometimes the ward can be unsettled and chaotic because of how unwell some patients are, yet the staff retain their kindness and professionalism throughout.

"I have to thank them too for the endless cups of tea they have made for me over the years! I do try and tell them myself how fantastic they are, but please could you also give them some public thanks from me. It is a privilege to be part of the Dunkley team."

Dr Sally Porter would like to shout-out Archie Gwashavanhu, Maria Pinguli and Michelle Lally

"I would like to give a shout out to our fantastic nursing team, Archie Gwashavanhu, Maria Pinguli and Michelle Lally. They are a small team but perfectly formed! They have been working tirelessly during this health emergency to provide a high level of nursing care to our very vulnerable drug and alcohol users in Kingston, and have provided the rest of us in the team with support, help with using PPE and infection control measures and are generally being amazing colleagues. Thank you!"

Martin Mulligan would like to shout-out nurses working in Islington Better Lives service at our Seven Sisters Road and Grays Inn Road sites

"Working alongside our skilled recovery practitioners, our nurses respond brilliantly to the challenges posed in the day to day management of complex substance users. Compassionate, hard working and committed, they often go above and beyond not only in meeting the needs of our service group, but actively embark on joint working initiatives with a range of Trust and outside agency partners, helping difficult to reach and most vulnerable service users engage in our services.

"Some of our nurses are also blood borne virus and physical health champions, and having recognised the risks that pose particularly to this service user group, they also  have successfully targeted those in need by bringing interventions around COPD, TB, Hep. C treatment and other liver conditions in house for those who would not otherwise access this.

"In addition, most of our nurses are also trained Independent Prescribers (NMPs) who assess and prescribe medications for our services in substance use and carry out community detoxes in both primary and secondary care settings. I am very proud to be working alongside my fellow professional colleagues who tirelessly work in meeting these challenges all year round and especially in these challenging times."

David Curren, Deputy Director of Nursing would like to shout-out Ann Jumawan, Christina Amin and Shirley McNicholas

"I'd like to nominate Ann (pictured above) for a shout-out in recognition of her longstanding commitment to service users and staff in acute inpatient services. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Ann has managed very challenging circumstances with her usual steadfast commitment, resilience determination and hard work. The respect held widely for Ann by colleagues across the organisation is testament to her continued contributions to the Trust.

"Christina Amin has worked tirelessly with a range of colleagues to ensure we have access to PPE, clear guidance on its use as this has changed, clinical protocols and with Brid Fitzgerald has supported many staff and services with a range of questions on how to manage Covid-19. Christina's consistent clarity, cheerful and supportive demeanour and expertise has been broadly appreciated across the Trust.

"Shirley McNicholas continues to provide strong leadership and advocacy for women service users, and successfully raises awareness of domestic violence and sexual abuse. During the Covid-19 pandemic Shirley has again been instrumental in ensuring increased risks of domestic violence  is understood and resources to address this are widely communicated, including the development of a training program to be delivered later in May across agencies. Shirley is instrumental in developing the Trust's trauma informed care focus and commitment and is highly regarded by a range of stakeholders for her leadership in these areas.

Roger Evans would like to shout-out nursing staff from community services from all divisions who have recently volunteered to work on our inpatient wards

"Some of our community colleagues have been deployed across all wards and have provided essential additional support during these extremely challenging times. Many of the nurses haven't worked in inpatient areas for some time and have shown great commitment and flexibility to work as needed and often at short notice. Thank you!"

Mark Cornell would like to shout-out the Islington Learning Disability Community Nursing Team

"The team is always putting themselves first. Their empathy, dedication, compassion and drive makes them in my opinion the best community learning disability nursing team in London. I'm lucky to be in such a great team!"

Michael Dunning would like to shout-out Faye Landy, Place of Safety Team Manager

The Place of Safety team, alongside Sapphire ward, were the first designated services to care for Covid-19 patients. Led by Faye Landy, the Place of Safety team transformed the service over the course of one day to become a safe clinical environment for infectious patients. As part of the Trust Covid response, the Place of Safety also became the location for Covid+ve patients requiring PICU. The team very successfully managed acutely unwell psychiatric patients who were also Covid-19 positive and had a very high level of care needs. Faye’s leadership was both exemplary and brave."

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