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Nurse of the Year 2020 (Private Nursing) - Joisy J

Posted about 1 month ago

Nna Nurse Interviews (2)

Congratulations to Joisy J, NNA Nurse of the Year 2020 (Private Nursing). In this Q&A, see Joisy's advice to anyone looking to become an Agency Nurse with NNA and what she likes most about working as an agency nurse.

​ What does nurse of the year mean to you?

​I can’t really express how much this means to me. This acknowledgment is something that I will cherish throughout my life. Like everyone else, I was surprised and delighted when I received the email. Recognition is a kind of great support. I felt fortunate to be a member of the NNA team. I would like to extend my thanks to the NNA team who have considered me to be worthy of this acknowledgment.

What do you love most about the job/ working with NNA?

​Working with NNA has offered the chance to gain new skills and the ability to work with flexibility. It helps with my career development by accessing a wide range of environments to work in. For me, the chance to work in a new workplace with different teams is very exciting. I can focus on patient care without involving in hierarchical and team politics.

What is your nursing specialty and what facilities/locations do you usually work at?

I mostly work in medical and surgical wards, which are my areas of specialty. However, I do get chances to work in mental health, cardiac, ED and ICU. During this pandemic, I could help out in the COVID clinic as well. This has considerably improved my skills and confidence, I am able to provide better holistic care by knowing more about various aspects.

Do you enjoy the flexibility of picking and choosing shifts to suit your family and/or lifestyle?

​ It gives greater control over my work-life balance. I have greater choices over my hours and shift patterns. All I need to communicate my availability and preferences. NNA will secure the most suitable work for me.

What advice would you give to other agency nurses?

​Be kind and genuine. Always clarify your doubts and admit your mistakes. Learn to ignore negative people and environment, be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.