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2020 is Florence Nightingale’s bicentennial year, designated by the World Health Organisation as the first ever global Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Nurses and midwives make up the largest numbers of the NHS workforce. They are highly skilled, multi-faceted professionals from a host of backgrounds that represent our diverse communities. 

This year is also an opportunity to say thank you to the professions; to showcase their diverse talents and expertise; and to promote nursing and midwifery as careers with a great deal to offer.

We'll be doing lots to celebrate our amazing nurses and midwives - you can say thank you too on social media using #YearoftheNurseandMidwife

Our nurses and midwives are amazing - could you be amazing too? 

Every day, our nurses and midwives make a huge difference to the lives of people in Norfolk and Waveney. You can too. 

Whether you're just finishing school or want to change career, there is lots of support and information to available to help you join the NHS. 

Find out how to become a nurse or train to be a midwife

Anna Morgan MBE

Anna MorganName: Anna Morgan
Role: Director of Workforce

Sum up what you do in a sentence: I am responsible for developing a workforce strategy for N&W health and care to grow our next generation of staff, create better workplaces, improve staff health and well-being and develop our staff.

Describe your job in three words: Varied, interesting and inspiring!

How long have you been nursing? 35 years 

How did you get to where you are now? I have been learning on the job from day one. My passion for high quality care is a core value that has driven me to improve myself and those I can influence, this has enabled me to undertake a wide range of roles and studies. It does require courage, resilience and self-belief, all of which have been tested at times and are the skills that I have strengthened to help me to be my best self.

I moved into the care home sector from my role as community nursing sister and spent 5 years (1 year as Head of care, 4 years as Home Manager) to gain a better understanding of the whole patient pathway. I really enjoyed how you can get to know patients and their families and really understand the lived experience of the person, and how we can make their last few years comfortable, respectful and personal. I returned to the NHS as a ward manager which was the start of my journey into leadership. The care home sector enabled me to gain skills in management, leadership, holistic care, MDT working and the costs of care.

If you weren’t a nurse, what would you be? There are so many things I would do, all involve working with people in a therapeutic way to enable them to heal.

What’s the best bit about your job? Making magic happen through the wonderful committed people I meet on the way, the discussions we have and the actions we take.

What’s the worst? Not enough time in the day 

What helps you through a difficult day at work? Talking to my wonderful colleagues!

Sarah Jane Ward

Name: Sarah Jane Ward
Role: Associate Director for Quality in Care for the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk and Waveney

Sum up what you do in a sentence (or two!): My role is to work across Norfolk and Waveney to set a strategy and deliver a service working with the Quality in Care team that covers continuing health care, individual patient placements, learning disability & autism, equipment, personal health budgets, personalisation, adult safeguarding, and care provider quality nurses. We commission care packages for a range of people, undertake reviews or assessments of patients, review and support quality improvement and safeguarding issues for those providing the care. 

We meet many residents of Norfolk and Waveney and can identify quality concerns or gaps in services that can support changes in how we deliver care and we do that in conjunction with the commissioning teams.

Describe your job in three words: Interesting, rewarding, motivating! 

How long have you been nursing? 34 years. 

How did you get to where you are now? I have worked with amazing nurse leaders who supported me in my varied career. I started my career as an adult nurse and undertook a rotation when I began working in the emergency department and undertook my sick children’s nursing. After time in a children’s hospital in London I then went back to working in an emergency department and supported changes to include the building of a Children’s emergency department.

I have had opportunities to develop my skills and knowledge by working in many interesting nursing leadership roles and able to attend excellent NHS courses. I have also taught on life support courses and at local universities as I love teaching. I then moved into commissioning in a variety of senior nursing roles, including safeguarding adults and children and quality improvement. I came to Norfolk almost 3 years ago and thoroughly enjoy working here. I am really proud to be a nurse and thankful to all those who mentored, coached and shared their knowledge with me which in turn enabled me to do the same.

If you weren’t a nurse, what would you be? Tricky question! I couldn’t think of being anything but a nurse as I started in the St John Ambulance service at 11 years of age , attended a pre-nursing course in college until I commenced my nurse education. I think it would be a holistic therapist or a teacher as I would have to be within a caring and/or teaching role.

What’s the best bit about your job? Working with the most inspiring patients and staff to improve how we deliver care.

What’s the worst? Report writing and emails but they are important to sharing information so still have to be completed!

What helps you through a difficult day at work? I use mindfulness techniques and hand reflexology to help calm the mind but most importantly knowing I have amazing colleagues and peers who I can talk to really helps.