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International Nurses Day - 12 May 2019

9 May 2019
We will be celebrating International Nurses Day this Sunday, here's a message from our Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, Paula Hull, together with a few examples of our wonderful nursing staff explaining how they got into nursing.  

Big thanks to all our nursing staff, and particularly those who volunteered to tell their story.  

Golda Devadason Ward Manager

Golda has recently joined Southern Health and has been working in mental health nursing for the past 15 years. Originally from India where she did her nursing training and starting working in mental health, Golda came over to the UK in 2003 and within a year was working as a ward manager. She is very patient focused and her ethos is to treat each patient as if there were a member of her own family. Her interest in older people came from her experience as child as she sadly lost her elderly parents when she was in her teens and this inspired her to look after those with dementia and care for them as if they were her own family. 

She is now the ward manager at Southern Health Beaulieu Ward caring for older people with dementia. She loves working with patients, their families and carers and feels that she can make a real difference, however small, to the quality of life for those living with dementia. 
Thank you Golda, you are an inspiring nurse. #ind2019

Emma Wadey Deputy Director of Nursing
Emma is such an inspiring nurse to speak to. She is one of the highest qualified nurses at Southern Health, she is also a senior clinical adviser to NHS Improvement. However she describes herself as first and foremost a mental health nurse – dedicated to working with those in the most distressing, vulnerable state through no fault of their own.
She is so passionate about mental health nursing and nursing “found her” when she was working in a care home. She is now one of the leading nurses in the country, and is renowned nationally for her work on suicide prevention. She got into nursing to make the biggest difference to people when they are at their most vulnerable. She has been instrumental in innovative treatment for those people experiencing the most complex, traumatic, distressful forms of mental health crisis. She has worked in prisons and police forces to change the attitude towards mental health. She takes on the most complex cases where others may have felt there was nothing else that could be done. She doesn’t give up and believes that “every life matters”. She remains in clinical practice which enables her to stay focused on better outcomes for those in distress. She is key in providing training pathways to help develop the current and next generation of nursing. Innovative and determined sums Emma up – she strives to make a difference. 
Thank you Emma, you are an inspiration to us all #ind2019
Abi Barkham

Abi has been a nurse for the last 33 years and now specialises in older people with frailty. She really enjoys working with older people and their families to develop plans for their care and is an ambassador for frailty champions. 

She is also passionate about research and 2 days a week works at supporting nurses with their interests in research and development and encouraging them to pursue their own careers in nursing. 
Her nursing career has given her opportunities to explore all the diverse aspects of nursing and develop her clinical expertise in frailty as well as pursue her research ambitions. She is an advocate of training and development and would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with any staff across the Trust, whether they are nurses or considering pursuing a career in nursing. 
Thanks Abi, you are truly an inspiration and a credit to the nursing profession.

Dr Aileen Murray-Gane

Aileen is one of our most highly qualified nurses in the Trust specialising in older people’s mental health. She knew she wanted to be a nurse when she was just 13 and “shadowing” her mum working in a care home and seeing how compassionate she was with her patients. She has completed a doctorate in nursing and is also a non-medical prescriber. She loves nursing and the ability to combine her clinical work with leadership and management skills too. She has worked in a variety of settings in mental health, including liaison clinics, frailty teams in Emergency Departments, Care Home Teams, crisis teams. She is one of 7 nurse consultants working at a senior clinical level at Southern Health bringing to the Trust some 20 years experience. She has recently applied to be an approved clinician which will give her enhanced roles and responsibilities with the mental health act enabling her to offer continuity of care to patients at Poppy Ward. Her approach to nursing has always been to work with the patient and families to provide a compassionate service, allay their understandable fears with dementia and mental health. For her, nursing has given her the opportunity not only to train at the very highest level and pursue a career, but to, more importantly, remain in a clinical setting to ensure her patients and families benefit from skilled nursing.

Liz Taylor Divisional Director of Nursing

Liz Taylor is an amazing nurse who for many years worked in children’s nursing . She has recently been appointed Divisional Director of Nursing which means she will now be involved in a diverse range of nursing specialists including mental health, community and learning disabilities.

She was inspired by her mother to become a nurse, and was touched by her mum’s “hope” for all she cared for. The greatest gift a nurse can give to her patients is hope, and that is worth celebrating on this day.

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International Nurses Day - meet George Tsuro, mental health nurse

George was very humble when he talked to me about his nursing background. Originally from Zimbabwe where mental health is not really recognised and treated more by witch doctors addressing the behaviours they are presented with, he came to the UK to study computing.

It was when he was a student, working part time in a care home, he realised he was more interested in nursing, so changed his degree to nursing, much to the surprise of his tutors.

George now works at Southfield, our low secure in-patient mental health unit. He feels that mental health crisis can happen to anyone at any time and enjoys helping those most vulnerable and in crisis, through their issues and to support them get back to living a fulfilling life.

He is fascinated by how the human mind works, and empathic towards his patients, recognising that it is not their fault, they didn’t choose to be unwell. He most enjoys getting to know his patients, investing his time in supporting them and seeing the difference his nursing skills make to their lives.

Thanks George, you are a true inspiration and your commitment to delivering high quality empathetic mental health support to patients is a very much appreciated. We are so glad you decided to choose nursing instead of computing.

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