When did you join Gardiner’s and what is your background in care?
I joined Gardiner’s in 2007 as part time employee doing both carer and nurse duties. My hours and responsibilities increased over time, I cared for some of our long term Service users and mentored some new staff members. I trained as a General Adult Nurse over 25 years ago, worked in different settings from bedside nursing in different countries including Zimbabwe, South Australia and UK, blood transfusion, community preventative nursing in HIV/Aids research and treatment. I have a BSC in Counselling, Open University Zimbabwe, Parkinson’s awareness trainer and a trained- moving and positioning Train the trainer. I also completed level 4 PTTLS (teaching) with Reading College.
Why the care industry?
I have always admired nurses since I was a young girl, I sincerely know that I am a caring, patient and calm person. I enjoy looking after people and making some differences in their lives, especially when they feel better. My second passion is teaching, I respect the fact that we all learn differently and all our skills are useful.
What makes Gardiner’s Homecare different?
It’s dedication to provide quality care to Service Users with respect and dignity, without rushing them.
What’s your proudest achievement?
My capabilities to adapt to different settings and be able to passionately do my work, improving other peoples’ lives, in most instances enabling them to stay in their homes with their families. I have learnt a number of skills and I am proud to have been able to impart this knowledge to others.
What are your five favourite things?
My family comes first, my husband and three children, I cherish the support and encouragement I get from them. I enjoy my job and appreciate the support of the Director, Nurse Manager and my colleagues at Gardiner’s. I like travelling, meeting new people and socializing, I am a happy person.