International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), known as “The Lady With the Lamp,” was a British nurse, social reformer and statistician best known as the founder of modern nursing. Her experiences as a nurse during the Crimean War were foundational in her views about sanitation. She established St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses in 1860. Her efforts to reform healthcare greatly influenced the quality of care in the 19 and 20 centuries.
Nursing staff working through the pandemic have shattered the stereotypes of nursing. The world has seen first-hand the fundamental role nursing plays in patient safety. To celebrate Nurses Day 2021 we have collated biographies of our nursing staff at Aston Healthcare to celebrate the amazing work they do on a daily basis.
I am a General Practice Nurse at Cornerways Medical Centre. I have a great interest in managing diabetic patients in General Practice.
After qualifying as a General Adult Nurse from the Medical University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria in 1990, I have worked as a Staff Nurse in hospital settings for 8 years in a Therapeutic ward.
I further developed my skills while working in the Rehabilitation Centre in Janzour, Libya from 1998 to 2005 which has led to her becoming a Ward Sister.
In 2005 I packed my bags and found myself in the UK where she has been practicing her profession since. In this time I have worked as a staff nurse in nursing home settings and obtained a Diploma in Quality Care for People with Dementia from Teesside University.
Since 2007 I am working as a General Practice Nurse in Primary Care. My desire to continuously develop skills has led to me obtaining a Mentorship Qualification in Cervical Cytology.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and watching my grandchildren grow.
I qualified as a registered nurse in 2019 and working in general practice before my training, I knew that this nursing pathway was for me. Health promotion is something that I am passionate about, anything can can help improve our longterm health and primary care is where this can be focused.
I am an ambassador for a campaign to promote exercise and strong belief in that this can be achieved by keeping moving, dancing in the kitchen or karate class – all good!
It took me until I reached 30 to make a move back to studying and I’ve not stopped since! Education and knowledge is key for me, it opened up a new world and now led me to head back to university to study advanced practice to become and advanced nurse practitioner which will allow me to offer more care and support for our patients and community.