Almira Basso Northern HSC Trust
I arrived at Belfast International Airport on 6th December 2002, and after a warm welcome and dinner, I was shown to the nurses accommodation, where I lived for three years - it was clean, warm, comfortable, affordable and only a few minutes’ walk from the hospital (no travelling expenses!).
The biggest challenge was homesickness, but I now have internet access and can chat to family via the web.
Antrim is a family orientated town with all amenities that anyone would need, including an outlet shopping centre! I feel very welcome and part of the community. There are also many beautiful walks and it is close to the famous North Antrim coast.
Schools in Northern Ireland offer a high standard of education and extra-curricular activities and my son attends St Comgall’s Primary School. Also, there are many different churches and we easily found one that allowed us to freely practice our faith.
Both hospital and GP care are free - including care dental for children and our prescriptions. Public hospital care is of a high standard and resourced to meet all your family’s medical needs.
Both Belfast International and Belfast City airports are near Antrim. Belfast is 20 minutes drive away and Dublin only 2 hours. Generally, the cost of living is more reasonable than the rest of the UK but the standard is the same.
I now work as an Assistant Clinical Sister and I had wonderful mentors when I first started. Both managers and colleagues have supported me throughout my nursing career, and I have had the opportunity to continually develop.
Northern Ireland is now our second home, and I would truly recommend it both from a personal and professional perspective.
Geraldine Tinto Belfast HSC Trust
I arrived in Northern Ireland with 96 other nurses from the Philippines, the majority of us coming from the island of Mindanao.
It was my first time this far away from home, and I had no experience of being in a different country or working anywhere else.
The Royal Victoria Hospital recruitment team made my transition an easy one. They made us feel at home and have continued to reassure us from the start.
It is a privilege for me to work with this multi-disciplinary team and in such a professional manner. I still enjoy living here after 14 years.
At Altnagelvin, I work in a welcoming and supportive environment and have the chance to work with people from diverse backgrounds. There are plenty of colleagues from countries like India, China, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Sudan, Poland, Spain, Lithuania, Greece, Great Britain and more.
Protocols, standards and policies to guide me in my practice are readily available in the office and intranet and much more just a phone call away to a relevant office if unsure. Mandatory training is funded by the hospital to keep the staff updated. There is a practice educator who keeps track of our training needs. Altnagelvin is a teaching hospital that has direct links with three Universities.
The working week is 37 ½ hours, which is shorter compared to back home and the times are flexible and family friendly. I work 4 days a week and I have 3 days off for myself and my family. Annual leave is very generous and I am able to go home every year to see my family to combat the feeling of homesickness. I also earn a lot more working here because of the exchange rate, so I’m able to provide better for the needs of both my immediate and extended family.
The main thing I noticed between Filipinos and the people of Northern Ireland is that we both have strong family ties. My colleagues know the names of my husband (and how good his cooking is!), my three children, and the names of my mother, sister and two brothers back home. People ask how you are and smile at you in the streets even if you don’t know them.
I know not everything goes well in real life, there are ups and downs. But I get my strength from my family and my work colleagues. There are forms of social media that I can access to communicate with my relatives back home. And much more there is a charity organisation called Kabalikat (pronounced as ka-ba-leek-at), which, in Filipino, means solidarity, arms in arms, “you’ll never be alone”).
The organisation is comprised of Filipino community, representing the Filipino migrants and their families to promote Filipino culture and in turn work with the statutory agencies to help resolve issues of its members and promote integration within its members and with the wider communities. There are around 130 members so far. I have founded this organisation with seven other individuals and it is entirely a voluntary organisation to give support to the growing Filipino migrant community in the North West.
Originally from Makilala, Cotabato, Philippines I commenced my nurse training in 1992 in San Pedro College Davao City and gained my Bachelor of Science and nursing degree in 1996. I successfully passed the nursing licensure examination provided by the Philippine regulation commission in 1997 and applied for a post as a Registered Nurse in a local hospital (Madonna General Hospital). In September 1998, I moved back to Davao City with my husband and daughter and took a post in a general medical ward in San Pedro Hospital.
An opportunity arose in 2002 to apply outside of the Philippines to work as a registered nurse in Northern Ireland and I was offered an interview in September 2002. I was absolutely delighted to hear that I was successful and left the Philippines in November 2002 to embrace my new life in Northern Ireland. It was with a heavy heart that I left the Philippines as I had to leave behind my husband of five years and my five year old daughter.
Coming to work in the opposite side of the world is a big challenge. One of the challenges we face is the communication. Even though English is our second language, it can be difficult to understand the way local people pronounce the words! But as the years go on, we learn it and we become part of the community.
I started my adaptation in the Stroke Unit at Lurgan Hospital for 3 months. In March 2003, I got my NMC pin and transferred to Medical Admission Unit. I was one of the first staff to open the new unit. I have been working in the unit as a staff nurse for 12 years and was promoted to the Clinical Sister post in February 2015.
I have developed excellent skills, knowledge and confidence through my experience in the Acute care setting and have enhanced my management skills. From November 2015, I became part of the Patient Flow/Clinical Coordinator team. Now, I have three children and my two boys were born here in Northern Ireland. It has been a great privilege to work here in Craigavon Hospital; it has given me the opportunity to grow and I’m very happy to be here.
The TTM family were thrilled to present local children charity, The Clare Crusaders, with our fundraising cheque of close to €4,000 at our Ennis HQ earlier this week! We chose this fantastic local organisation as our Charity of the Year in recognition of the essential services it provides to young children with autism and cerebral palsy. Founded in 2007, it provides free therapy and specialist treatment to over 350 children with special needs in Co. Clare but receives no state funding, so it relies on fundraising efforts to keep the service going at a cost of over €250,000 each year. Our teams get creative Our teams outdid themselves this year, holding a number of special events throughout the year to raise vital funds, including: A Euro 2016 Sweepstake A sponsored 'Cycle the Mississippi River' challenge Halloween costume & Christmas Jumper competitions A Pancake Tuesday sale Random Acts of Kindness Day Brian Crowley, CEO of TTM Healthcare said: “We’re thrilled to be able to present our neighbouring charity, The Clare Crusaders, with this year’s team fundraising efforts. The staff worked tirelessly to keep the momentum going as we share the charity’s vision in enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and we are proud to support the vital services they provide to our local community here in Ennis. We wish the charity continued success in 2017 and beyond.” TTM in the community For more information on TTM Healthcare's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, call us on 1890 88 20 66 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The social care landscape is changing: the future of elderly care will now be in people’s own homes and, with that, comes a growing need for homecare nurses. Too often, a negative attitude of elderly care nursing prevails – that it can be a landing spot for less qualified nurses. However, this profession is one that should be highly valued, combining a set of key skills and qualities that are essential to delivering the quality care that allows people to age with dignity. Here are five that we consider to be essential to this role: Respect for the Elderly As people age and start to lose control of their faculties, it can be easy to lose sight of their individuality – who they see themselves as; their place in their world; their hobbies and interests. Faced with daily challenges of sensory loss, memory impairment, and physical disability, it can be an unenviable task for a nurse to get through to the person inside, to make them feel recognised and valid. Tremendous patience, determination and kindness is required. Powers of Assessment A good elderly care nurse will possess keen powers of observation, and be adept at assessing the subtle signs of a person’s deterioration or improvement. They will be skilled at assessing and caring for their psychological and social well-being, determining what the individual needs to continue to derive enjoyment from life. Communication Skills The ability to communicate is crucial to any healthcare role, but particularly for those working with the elderly, who so often have retreated into an inner world, or are suffering from dementia or Alzheimers. To tune into and decipher a patient’s needs in such circumstances is a particular skill, even a gift, and something that can greatly ease the confusion and disorientation experienced by elderly patients. Creativity Not a skill that is immediately associated with the healthcare professions, creativity is a trait that is becoming more and more useful for nurses in this field. For an elderly care nurse dedicated to improving her patient’s quality of life, thinking outside the box can present new ways to divert and engage them, and introduce a welcome change of rhythm to their daily routines. Flexible Approach Older people generally fall at the mercy of other people’s schedules as they grow increasingly dependent, whether they are residents of a nursing home, or being cared for by a family member. With this comes a huge loss of personal freedom and individualism, leading to depression for many. Being conscious of this, and allowing some flexibility and freedom of choice wherever possible, can improve a person’s quality of life dramatically. By simply involving a person in small daily decisions, such as what they will wear or eat, enables them to still feel some semblance of control in their own life. As our Baby Boomer population approaches old age, and the average age expectancy continuing to rise, there will be more need than ever for elderly care nurses with a genuine passion for what they do. Despite the challenges, the rewards for both nurses and their patients are great. There can be no finer profession than to enable another person to preserve their dignity, individuality and self-esteem for as long as possible. Speak to Us Today To speak to a member of our Nursing Division about Elderly Care Nurse positions across the country, contact us today for more information. T: 1890 88 20 66 | E: email@example.com
Psychiatric nursing is a vocation: a demanding but highly rewarding role that offers care and solace to the most vulnerable and distressed people in society. The path of a psychiatrist nurse can be a challenging one, and only the most dedicated and highly skilled professionals are well-suited to it. Currently undergoing much needed reforms, the field of mental health in Ireland is going through a period of flux. We look at the role of nurses in this specialist discipline, the measures needed to support them, and the future of mental health nursing in Ireland. The role of a psychiatric nurse Psychiatric nurses are currently the largest profession working within the Irish mental health services. Over the last 10 years, the role of the nurse has grown considerably, particularly with respect of their clinical roles and responsibilities as the healthcare landscape continues to change and nurses are required to provide more responsive care. Underpinning the role of the psychiatrist nurses are the core values of a non-judgemental approach; trust; dignity; respect; the provision of choice; and the promotion of rights. Part of the essential function of these nurses is their partnership with the patient and their families or advocates to enable them to draw on their own inner resources, realising their own potential and capabilities. Working daily with such high-support patients is unquestionably a challenging role, and nurses require crucial supports in order to carry out their duties to meet the needs of their patients. However, due to the many and varied challenges faced by the Irish health service, this area of nursing, as others, has suffered from a lack of funding, inadequate legislation, and unfulfilled targets. A vision for change Since the publication of the nation’s mental health policy A Vision for Change in 2006, our mental health services have been evolving in a more recovery and service-focused way. While many within the sector are critical that few of the proposed changes in that policy have been implemented ten years later, there has been a sustained focus on reforming mental health law and on re-defining supports for mental health nurses. In 2015, former Minister for Mental Health & Disability Kathleen Lynch established a framework of recommendations with a view to bringing Irish mental health legislation in line with international standards. A new Mental Health Bill is currently progressing through the Oireachtas, which addresses the inadequacies and anomalies in the existing 2001 Mental Health Act and re-focuses on a more person-centred approach to treatment and care. Support through clinical supervision A Vision for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing – a shared journey for mental healthcare in Ireland outlines a number of recommendations to support the delivery of such a person centred, recovery-focused, quality and safe mental health service - chief among them, the provision of clinical supervision to all nurses. Published in April 2015, the Clinical Supervision Framework for Nursing Working in Mental Health was designed: To provide support to mental health nurses for issues arising in their work To enable nurses to grow, both individually and professionally To provide a standardised structure for clinical supervision for all nurses Implementing this core function across the mental health services is essential, not only to the improvement of clinical standards and enhanced patient care, but also to the “health” of the psychiatric nursing profession. Best practice guidelines suggest regular hourly review sessions at 4-6 week intervals with a suitably qualified supervisor, taking place in the workplace and recorded for future reference. With such proper supports in place, those with a genuine calling to mental health nursing can look forward to developing their skills and career in a field where they can truly make a positive difference. Take the next step with us Want to know more about the current roles available for mental health nurses across Ireland? Contact a member of our expert Nursing Division today to discuss your future. T: 1890 88 20 66 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org  http://www.drugsandalcohol.ie/25684/1/Clinical_Supervision_Framework_Nurses_Mental_Health.pdf  Cusack, E. & Killoury, F., A Vision for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing – a shared journey for mental health care in Ireland, 2012 Writer Evelyn Moriarty, Content Specialist Evelyn Moriarty is a Content Specialist at TTM Healthcare, based in at our Irish headquarters. Joining the company in 2016, Evelyn specialises in both on and offline content creation for the health and social care market. Company Bio TTM Healthcare is a specialist health and care recruitment company established by Brian Crowley in Ennis, Co. Clare in 2002. Now recruiting highly skilled medical professionals from all over the world, TTM has offices in Ennis, Dublin and the UK. Selected as Ireland’s No 1 Healthcare Agency by the National Recruitment Federation, TTM is also the UK’s Recruiter Awards Public Sector Agency (2016) and Professional Services Agency of the Year (2016 & 2017), as well as a Gold Standard Deloitte Best Managed Company (2016 & 2017.)