Today we are sharing the final three staff nominations as part of Black History Month. For our first staff shoutout, we are celebrating Sharon-Nira King, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, who has received three nominations! The first nomination was from Leona Tasab, who said:

Sharon-Nira King smiling

“Sharon is an instrumental member of the Internationally Educated Nurses steering group. She has developed a comprehensive, personalised welcome pack for our new colleagues. It covers everything, from practical advice and guidance on how to open a bank account, voting, unions, employee benefits, payroll, finding a GP practice and locating world food stores. Most importantly, it focuses heavily on pastoral support so that our new colleagues have lots of support to help them to settle into a new country and organisation.
Sharon must have spent so much time putting it all together but was willing to do this to ensure that our new colleagues have the best experience possible.”

The second nomination was from Dr Sathish Masil, who said:

“Sharon has the highest number of patients in her nurse prescriber caseload from different ethnic background in this team, given the morbidity in the catchment area. She has a caseload on her own and does an extra clinic to support the medical members of team ie, medication monitoring clinic. Sharon has always worked in an extremely systematic and thoughtful way, carefully considering the multiple factors that lead to crises in her clients. She appears to take a healthy problem-solving approach and does not make quick judgments that cannot be backed up with evidence. In nursing reviews and MDT discussions, she often plays a key role of summarising and highlighting the pertinent points to find the most appropriate solution; this is often refreshing when talking about complex clients who can be extremely confusing. The service users or their carers often appreciate the compassionate and quality input by Sharon previously as a care coordinator and now as a nurse prescriber.”

Sharon’s third nomination was from Steve Forsyth, who said:

“Sharon-Nira King lives and breathes the values of the organisation not just in work, she embodies them with her commitment and compassion I have felt this being on the receiving end of her care. Sharon must be recognised for her commitment to Team BSMHFT, she logs on every morning at 7am as single mom juggling a busy family life and putting in more than her hours every day. She is a superstar! Being recognised nationally for her work on supporting our Internationally Educated Nurses.”

We asked Sharon to tell us what her heritage means to her, she said:

“Bless up! to my nominators, thankful for being part of the shout out for Black History Month! I am born and bred in the UK, my parents were born in Jamaica and came to the UK during the Windrush generation. My Caribbean heritage means a lot to me, I am proud to be Black, the Caribbean culture is so vibrant and unique.

In regards to the Caribbean cooking, reggae music and in general the Jamaican culture is what I grew up in; one unique feature that comes to mind, is my strong work ethic, which I observed my mum throughout her lifetime working extremely hard to set up her life here in the UK, I never saw her take a day off work! She was an excellent mother who provided for the family and taught me everything I know.

“With that being said I carry the same passion when it comes to my own work, and the need to ensure work is done in a timely manner; my favourite food is Red Pea soup, and boiled dumpling with salt mackerel! If you haven’t tried already then it’s a must.”