The HSC welcomed new nurses from Italy and Romania in September 2016. Meet the new members of the team and see what they have to say about life, and work, in Northern Ireland!
I’m Stefano Stillivato and I come from Italy. I arrived in Northern Ireland on 16th September 2016. I can say I have been stricken by the warm welcome and also the beautiful landscapes seen from the bus.
Leaving my family has been the most difficult. I believe the Southern Trust has supported me in settling in.
I would recommend the HSC to someone who would like a new and stimulating work experience.
My name is Agnese Dolis and I come from Florence, Italy. I arrived in Northern Ireland on 16th September 2016. My impressions after a month are positive although I don’t know many people from here yet. This is one of the reasons I am looking forward to starting work in the hospital.
Coming here has been hard because I had to spend these first weeks in lessons, so I haven’t had the chance to move around and feel part of this country. I know I have to be patient.
I think the Trust has welcomed us and supported us during these weeks. They have listened to us and tried to do their best to help us. I definitely would recommend coming here because it is a great chance to improve our knowledge about nursing and life in general. Staying here could be one of the greatest experiences of our lives.
Hello, my name is Gabriele and I come from Naples in the South of Italy. I arrived in Northern Ireland on 16th September and my first impressions were positive because the weather was good, people were friendly so I thought this will be a good place to live.
The most difficult thing here is learning the different methods of documentation but with the support of the HSC everything will go good.
The Trust has supported me and my colleagues perfectly. They explain everything to us and they follow up every problem. I would recommend coming to work here.
My name is Benedetta Romanelli, I come from Florence in Italy. I arrived in Northern Ireland on 16th September 2016. My first impressions were very positive and I was very enthusiastic about this experience.
In my opinion the most difficult challenge in coming to Northern Ireland is understanding the different language.
The Trust has been very helpful and has assisted me to make myself at home.
At the moment I find the HSC organisation excellent. They help me with any concerns I have.
My name is Daiana Palestini and I come from Pescara in Italy. I arrived in Northern Ireland on 16th September 2016. My first impressions were – ‘WOW!!’ – Because of its natural and rural landscapes with every shade of green
‘What are they talking about?’ – Because obviously this is another language and the beginning it is difficult to understand.
Regarding the Trust and its members, I believe they are very kind and helpful and after a month they are still helping us with accommodation, documentation, the bank and so on.
At the minute I recommend the HSC as a place to work because the environment is welcoming, here you have all your rights and they are respected. The main thing is you can practice as a nurse in a right and professional way.
My Name is Pasquale and I come from Frattaminore in the province of Naples in Italy. I arrived in Northern Ireland on 16th September 2016. My first impressions were positive because the place is very beautiful and the people are very welcoming.
The most difficult thing has been leaving my family at home and not having very good English.
The Trust has given us the opportunity to stay in the accommodation for 2 months and a course for IELTS preparation. I would recommend it for now.
Maria Cristina Ferri
Hi, I am Mariacristina Ferri and I come from Bari in the South of Italy. I arrived in Northern Ireland on the 16th September 2016.
From the beginning we were very busy as we started the clinical induction. During this induction several teachers talked about vital signs, nutrition, dementia/delirium and communication. It was useful in order to help improve our English but I would have preferred something that would help us understand our future work on the wards.
We have had a lot of help setting in such as assistance with opening bank accounts, GPs and National insurance. The most difficult thing is the language as they talk too fast here in my opinion. It is just about time, we can improve our English.
Maria Rita Pennacchio
My name is Maria Rita Pennacchio. I come from Abruzzo in Italy. I arrived in Northern Ireland on the 16th September 2016.
My first impressions have been positive, I met very kind people that help me to improve my knowledge and orientate me.
The most difficult thing has been leaving my family because we are very united, but I love a challenge and for this reason I decided to come here.
The Trust has provided us with accommodation in their hospital for 2 months to help us settle in. Now for me, everything is beautiful and I can now tell that the HSC has every requisite as regards the organisation and the quality of Health, furthermore, also from what I understand it is very focused on good communication which is very important to me.
My name is Erika Fortuna. I come from Sora near to Rome, Italy. I arrived in Northern Ireland on 16th September 2016. When I arrived my first impressions have been positive, there are beautiful landscapes, the people are very friendly but the weather is not very nice!
For me it was very difficult to leave my family, my friends, the Italian food and my pets. I love new experiences and I believe this is a good opportunity to improve my knowledge and for a good career in nursing.
One of the biggest challenges for me is the language but the Trust is helping me out with an English course. Also they are paying for our accommodation for 2 months. I recommend the HSC if you want a good work experience.
My name is Catalina Sarbu and I am from Bucharest, Romania. I arrive in Northern Ireland on 16 September 2016.
When the bus stopped in Belfast on Friday evening I saw a sign with my name on it. I had received an email days before, so I knew a gentleman would came to pick me up but there were 2 people there waiting for me. Immediately I realised that the other person was the lady who had emailed me. I thought: “ They really care about me” and for the first time in that day, I had the feeling that I will not be alone.
The most difficult was leaving my family and my friends behind, but I realised soon that they will be with me wherever I will be.
Starting with the welcome letter and candies found in my room when I arrived, basic food for a few days, appointments for obtaining my National Insurance Number and opening a bank account, the fact that a nice person went with me, all the help that I still receive now, after almost 1 month since, anytime I need them.
Based on what I have seen so far I would definitely recommend the HSC as a place to work - yes!
My name is Nayara Ferreira and I am from Florence in Italy. I arrived in Northern Ireland on 16th September.
My first impressions were that the weather is much colder than Italy of course but until now the weather has been nice (we are in October)! There have been many dry, sunny days so far which is not always what people think. However, when it starts to rain, it rains all day!
The people here are friendly and very helpful. When I have needed anything, the people responsible for us from the Trust always try to help.
I would have liked that our days so far had been organised in a different way for organising better time for me to study my English.
The most important thing is the accent in N.I is strong and at the beginning can be difficult to understand but the people here are aware of this and they are very patient with us, speak more slowly and are happy to repeat things for me if I don’t understand.
My name is Alessia Bartucca and I come from Latina, a city near Rome in Italy. I am 23 years old. I arrived in Northern Ireland on the 16th September 2016 and my first impressions were very positive about everything, for instance, the support on our arrival at the accommodation, the induction programme and the English preparation classes.
The most difficult thing in coming to NI has been leaving my family and friends in Italy and also the preparation of all the documents requested.
The Trust supported me settling in mostly with the accommodation for 2 months but also supported us with important things, for example opening bank accounts and GP registration.
I recommend the HSC as a very nice place to work base on my little experience here in 1 month.
My name is Nicola Stoppini and I come from a little town near Perugia.
I arrived in Northern Ireland, 1 month ago on Friday 16 September.
My first impressions were that the people are very friendly and welcoming. I do not feel like a stranger here.
The most difficult thing is trying to get used to the Derry accent and the many local Derry sayings. The people speak a bit fast sometimes, but I am getting used to this. I miss my parents and family, but I do not miss my country as much as it is very welcoming here.
The Trust and the people working within the Trust have given me and the other Italian nurses a lot of support. We are all settling in very well. The clinical induction is very interesting and relevant. Our English teach is very good, he is very engaging and funny and makes learning easy.
I have already been telling friends back home to consider coming here to be a nurse. I’m telling them that life is much less stressful and chaotic here. I would definitely recommend Northern Ireland and Derry as a place to live and work.
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.)