Find out more about our International Nurse/Midwife of the Year shortlist

Samuel Osei

‘A lovely nurse who asks for nothing in return’

Samuel is a Newly Qualified Staff Nurse in Haematology and has been nominated for going the extra mile every day.

His nominator said: “As a newly qualified it is so daunting facing the real world of nursing and new situations will arise that require reassurance and specialist knowledge. Sam is a nurse that will always go out of his way to help others, irrelevant of whether he is looking after the patient or not.

“I remember administering my first chemotherapy drug and the patient had a minor reaction to the treatment.  Even though he wasn't looking after this patient, Sam stayed with me for an hour after his shift just to make sure that the patient was okay and made sure that I did not feel out of my depth, as a fellow newly qualified Nurse. I've not met a patient that has had a bad word to say about Sam as he always makes them feel safe and helps them to feel empowered when they are at their most vulnerable.

It’s been pointed out that patients will often request Sam to look after them if they know he will be on shift.

His nominator added : “Sam is the most lovely nurse, he will never ask for anything in return.  I have often seen him on the ward 3 hours after his shift has ended, going out of his way to help patients. I honestly cannot think of an individual more deserving of this award. He is an absolute credit to the haematology team and I am very proud to work alongside such a dedicated and skilful nurse.”

Vote for Samuel as International Nurse or Midwife of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Michelle Bartley

‘Exemplifies what excellence in international nursing means’

Michelle is not only a Lead Nurse in Ward E16 at Queen’s Medical Centre, she is also NUH's first Florence Nightingale Foundation Windrush Fellow, securing the prestigious funding and award based on her passion for improving care for pre-operative patients and their diabetes control. 

Michelle Bartley

Her nominator said: “I am proud to have seen her development and courage over the last 12 months.  Michelle has shown real courage in embracing the opportunities of the fellowship and undertook a service development project exploring data, the perspective of staff and most important the perspectives of patients on what excellent care looks like.

Michelle made such an impression that she was asked  to give on oral presentation of her work at the final Florence Nightingale Event, which demonstrates just what a shining star she is.

Her nominator continued: “Michelle is a truly excellent nurse who shares her passion for the contribution that staff can make from a variety of cultural backgrounds and exemplifies to me what excellence in International nursing means. I am proud to call her my colleague and look forward to working with her when she studies for her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing over the next year.”

Vote for Michelle as International Nurse or Midwife of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Onyinye Enwezor

‘Never passes a patient without saying hello’

Onyinye is a Deputy Sister in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) and has been the team’s Patient and Public Involvement link Nurse.

Her nominator highlights Onyinye’s great generosity, commitment and positive spirit. She said: “Onyinye has assisted with obtaining feedback from patients which has helped reduce their pre-operative waiting times. Onyinye would never pass a patient or colleague on the corridor without saying hello and asking if they need any help or direction.

Onyinye also participated in collecting feedback from patients in the local community for the award winning memory menu, which is now in place and is proving really popular with staff and patients.

Onyinye’s dedication to helping improve the patient experience was evident when she participated in an external community event hosted by the Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Council, which showcased the various services available within the Trust.

Vote for Onyinye as International Nurse or Midwife of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Asha Samuel

‘She is the heartbeat of this team’

Asha is a Deputy Team Leader in the Cardiac Theatre at City Hospital and is often everything to everyone, being there for both patients and colleagues.

Asha Samuel

Colleague Chloe Truman, said: “I cannot praise Asha enough. She is the heart of this team - and her kindness knows no bounds. She consistently puts the needs of others before herself - both patients and colleagues - sacrificing her time, her breaks, her sanity, and on occasion her money, when she buys hot chocolate to cheer us up when we are having a down day. The latter may sound silly but it is this love and desire for the happiness of her colleagues that sets her apart from the rest.

“She is also wonderful with patients - putting them at ease with her caring nature and is ever the advocate to ensure they have safe, dignified, patient-centred care.

“She is a scrub nurse, anaesthetic nurse and a deputy team leader so has plenty on her plate too!”

Vote for Asha as International Nurse or Midwife of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!