Chief Nurse's Blog
Date of release: 12 May 2021
Happy International Nurses Day! Every year on May 12th we celebrate this time to reflect on the outstanding contribution of the world’s nursing professionals.
To celebrate International Nurses Day this year I would like to highlight two nurses who have made immense contributions to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust (WHT).
Phrechie Estoya came from the Philippines in 2004, starting at RWT as a Critical Care Nurse before transferring to the Heart and Lung Centre where she worked for 15 years.
With a special interest in Nurse Education, Prechie was offered a secondment as a Practice Education Facilitator in critical care. Phrechie excelled in the role of mentoring young nurses. She calls it the ‘other side of caring’ – seeing nurses grow after teaching them the skills and knowledge to progress in the profession.
In 2019 Phrechie joined the Trust’s Nurse Education Team, supporting the Nursing Associates Programme. From her last cohort (Jan 21), all eight Nursing Associates passed, seven of whom earned distinction. This is a superb achievement, not only considering the pandemic, but because Phrechie was twice redeployed to ICCU.
Phrechie is now the Trust lead for the Preceptorship Programme and is currently undertaking her Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
Jing Qiu came to the UK from Nan Jing, in the east of China, in 2007 and in 14 years has progressed from a Health Care Assistant to Locality Rapid Response Nurse.
Having worked extensively in nursing in China, Jing took the transition in her stride. She spent five years as an HCA and completing her basic training and an English test, before progressing to the post of Community Nurse for Hertfordshire NHS Community Trust. The big differences she noticed between China and the UK was the presence of community nursing, as nurses and doctors tend to all work in hospitals in China, rather than visit patients in their homes like they do here.
Jing then became a Nurse Specialist in the Community in 2017 – a move which saw her climb from band 5 to band 6. Since Joining Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust she has held senior leadership roles including Community Matron, based at Blakenall Village Centre and from March 2020 Locality Rapid Response Nurse, a role in which she says she’s learning every day and enjoying.
I wish Phrechie, Jing and all nurses a very happy International Nurses Day.