Lisma is a hard-working and dedicated nurse who goes above and beyond in her duties to serve her trust and the patients it cares for. She says that her inspiration to begin her career in nursing stemmed for her admiration of Mother Teresa, but it is now seeing, and being part of a team of hardworking NHS employees that inspires her every day. Flexible working has meant that Lisma can work her family life around a career that she has a passion for.


Thank you for all your support, Lisma.


Name: Lisma

Trust: Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS

Staff Group: Support Services

Years working for NHS: 4-5

Years working for NHS Professionals: 1-3 years


Why do you love working for the NHS?

I love working for the NHS, as it is one of the largest and busiest health care providers that serves a very diverse population from all walks of life. Personally, I am happy that NHS has successfully completed 70 years overcoming many challenges. I as a staff feel valued and listened to whether it be through team meetings, surveys, patient feedbacks and so on. To be able to feel the pain of a patient, to look after them, help them to recover from their illness, and support the families in the time of a crisis, gives me a lot of satisfaction. In fact, there is nothing more rewarding than to see the smile of a patient when going home happily. Working in rehabilitation wards like post stroke and post hip injuries has also been challenging and rewarding at the same time. There is room to learn and grow every day. There are days that are extremely busy, and I have found that hard work, team work and prioritising the tasks, working within the given resources, have made a positive difference. I have met amazing and hardworking people in the NHS, who have been an inspiration to me and many others. The best part of me working in NHS is that I know as a nurse I can always help change someone’s life for the better every day. I feel happy and proud to be a part of NHS.


How does flexible working make a difference to your life?

Flexible working gives me the choice and balance of life and work. I can be sure that I am available when I can work. It allows me the flexibility to cope with things like life outside work like childcare, GP appointments, travel etc. Without flexible working especially in the NHS, it would surely be shorter staffed. I find contentment and ability to pick up shifts in the desired area of skills that I have, makes me feel safe and provide quality care for the patients I may have to look after. Also, flexible working, allows an income that helps with holiday or personal /family needs and suits my life style. There is no compulsion to do a shift but rather a commitment to do a shift, that’s how I see flexible working. I am indeed thankful and happy to be a part of flexible working.


What has been your proudest moment working for the NHS?

My proudest moment working for the NHS has been during the winter crisis. I have done many shifts during the flu outbreak last winter. It was a challenging experience. Many patients were admitted with active flu, both influenza A and B, in the respiratory ward. Thanks for the flu campaign in the NHS, me and my colleagues survived the flu outbreak. It was very challenging as the ward was full of flu patients, yet none of the staff got flu. I did feel slightly worried initially but took all the necessary precautions. Also on another occasion in Feb. 2018 during heavy snowfall, I represented my trust as the staff nurse to go and work in a community hospital and travelled by train .The train journey was not easy for me but I reached in time and the doctors and me made sure that all patients in the clinic were seen and none missed their appointment.


Tell us about your past

I have been in the UK for the past seven years. I have been working in the NHS since last 5 years as a staff nurse in various department like neuro rehab, hip and trauma, head and neck, ENT etc in Royal Berkshire NHS trust and now been working in Worcestershire Acute NHS trust. I initially graduated in mathematics and then learnt nursing as I was inspired by the activities of Mother Teresa.


Tell us about your life outside of the hospital

I like poetry and cooking.

I also like long walks along country side paths and love beaches.

I like to spend time with my family and friends when I am not at work.


You can take 3 items with you when stranded on a desert island, what do you take?

Item #1 my iPhone

Item #2 a fishing net

Item #3 matchbox or a lighter


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