Florence Adebayo is celebrating after qualifying as a UK nurse – just nine months after joining the Athena family.
Florence was working as a nurse in Nigeria but left on 13th April 2022, celebrating her 25th birthday on the flight over to the UK.
She was looking for a new challenge and joined us at our Amberley Hall Care Home, working as a CHAPS.
She worked full time while studying for her objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) and her English exam, and she passed both within nine months enabling her to work as a qualified nurse at the King’s Lynn home.
A proud Florence said: “I was very happy to get my OSCE. My friends in the NHS train for two or three months solidly but I did online classes and did all of this while working full time, it was a challenge.
“Now I am officially qualified as a nurse in the UK and in Nigeria.”
Florence was already fluent in English, but she soon realised the Norfolk dialect is very different to the text book language she had learnt.
“I had to really listen to the residents to hear them, there are lots of different styles of English.”
She also had to focus on reading and writing the language before reaching the required standard to practice nursing. The hard work paid off and Florence passed her exam with flying colours.
She is embracing her new role and says she likes the independence and responsibility that comes from being a nurse in a care home.
Ula Jakoniuk, Home Manager at Amberley Hall, said: “We are all incredibly proud of Florence for passing her exams, she has worked hard to balance her studies and her work. Florence has a passion for nursing and is an asset to the team.”
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