The ‘Bank Worker of the Month’ award recognises NHS Professionals’ Bank Members who provide excellent quality of care to patients, achieve high standards across our core values and meet the 6Cs – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment. There is an award for four categories; Care Support Worker or Healthcare Assistant, Specialist Nurse, Registered Nurse or Admin and Clerical. Every month each of the winners receives a Kindle as a thank you for all their hard work. In order to win this award the workers must fulfil the following criteria:
- Achieve ‘5 – Excellent’ on all five of the sections of the ‘Performance Evaluation System’, which is completed by the Ward Manager at the end of each shift.
- Cancelled no shifts for that month.
- Filled the highest number of shifts in the month for which they are being considered for.
We are delighted to announce that one of April’s winners was Jacqueline Adabie-Ankrah, Registered Nurse at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. We spoke to Jacqueline to find out more about her and her working life.
How do you feel about winning this award?
I was very excited and my colleagues were also so happy for me. I had no idea that I would be chosen.
How and when did you get into nursing?
My mum was a nurse, and I used to spend lots of time with nurses. She would sometimes take me to hospital with her in Ghana, and show me how they were taking care of sick people. I remember feeling like I wanted to help these people. So when I got to secondary school, I decided to become a nurse. I have now been a nurse since 1995.
Why did you choose to become a flexible worker at NHS Professionals?
When I had my little ones, I couldn’t find the hours to suit my family life. Neither full time nor part time hours worked for me so I chose to join the bank and become a flexible worker. Outside of work, I like to spend my time with my three children.
What’s your role and what do you do day to day?
I’m a registered nurse and I work in the cardiac theatre assisting cardiologists with cardiac echoes. I also help in the laboratories, helping to pick up the items that they need for the patients.
After their operation, I look after the patients by monitoring their breathing, and keeping an eye on their puncture sites to make sure there are no serious bleeds. If they have any complications, or need to stay overnight, I make sure they get the right help.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Looking after patients, and helping them to recover so that they can go home is what makes me excited. I really enjoy it.
What is the best thing about working as a Bank Nurse for NHS Professionals?
It would definitely be the flexibility, and the training. I also get to work with really nice people.
Congratulations to Jacqueline and all the other April winners! Thank you to all of our workers for ensuring that patients receive the best care possible, and for being great ambassadors for NHS Professionals.