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May 12,2020

by Jack Bradley-Adams

International Nurses Day // A message from our Superheroes

May 12th marks a very special day in the calendar, International Nurses Day is celebrated every year on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. But this year, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, it feels more important than ever.

Recently at Miista, we asked “Who are the modern-day Superheroes?” and launched a project working with over 100 incredible nurses based at the Royal London Hospital. 

The project in its conception was simple, we wanted to say THANK YOU to the incredible healthcare professionals working in our local area, Hackney in London, and gift them with a pair of our shoes. Our sole (no pun intended) intention was to raise their spirits, and put a smile on their faces. But what we got was so much more than that. 

We asked our Superheroes to share with us a message about their experience working and living throughout the pandemic, but I don’t think any of us would have expected to laugh, cry and feel a real sense of community and togetherness as much as we have from this particular collaboration.

So today, as the world celebrates International Nurses Day, we want to share with you the stories of the nurses working at The Royal Hospital London, in their own words.

Cristina Angel: Staff Nurse AAU

"I moved to London on the weekend of lockdown. I was scared of not only changing cities but also facing a pandemic no one has ever experienced before. However, despite the difficult shifts, the wounds in my hands and face due to equipment protection and hand hygiene, and the number of people who unfortunately have passed away- this city, and this country has shown us support and respect that I could never have imagined.

I feel proud of our NHS, of my team, of all the children who are staying at home and sending us beautiful cards. I am beyond proud of every single person who is following quarantine. 

And I also need to say a special thanks to your company, for your beautiful shoes and campaign. I'm sure sooner rather than later, they will accompany me in the steps of this new life that started over quarantine!"

Christina-Angel

Kaman Choi: Paediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU)

“I am a paediatric ICU nurse, and never in my wildest dreams did I think I would temporarily become an adult ICU nurse, caring for up to three ventilated adult patients at a time. Though the specialties are essentially similar, it was not what I signed up for - and this is the sentiment shared with all the other staff who have been redeployed at this time. It is mentally and physically exhausting and challenging, but I am ever thankful for the support from my colleagues across specialties at work, and also for the recognition from the public for what we do.

Thank you so much for your generous gift of these sandals! It is so lovely to have something so summery to take my mind off work during this current climate.”

kaman2

Angela Oduro-Konadu: Paediatric Critical Care Unit

“Hey everyone, my name is Angela and I have been a paediatric nurse in the NHS for 10 years. Due to the pandemic I was reassigned to adult ITU. It was an eye-opening experience for me and I found it emotionally difficult. I still remember the names of my patients and my heart really goes out to their families. My faith, family, and friends have helped me through these challenging times. This pandemic has taught me to make the most of every day and to cherish your loved ones.

The unity and commitment of staff from all areas and specialties have astounded me. It means a lot when companies such as Miista show their appreciation and I am so grateful. Thank you!

Even though the job is demanding, I wouldn't change it for the world. I am so proud to be a nurse!”

Angela-Oduro-K

Rosa Conde-Jimenez: Adult Critical Care Sister

“My name is Rosa and I work as a nurse at one of the busiest and biggest intensive care units in London. The last weeks have been quite tough at work, something none of us could have ever imagined. It has been challenging in so many ways, but the team has come together to support each other and the donations of food and goodies have helped the morale so much. Very grateful to Miista for my new boots! Looking forward to wearing them with something other than scrubs, haha!”

Rosa Conde-Jimenez1

Lowri Pritchard: Sister, PICU

“I’m a sister on a children’s intensive care unit but currently have been redeployed to adult intensive care to help with the pandemic. There is a limited amount of critical care nurses, it takes years to train a nurse in this specialty, therefore my skills in this area have been needed. I along with my fellow children’s nurses have gone out of my comfort zone to look after adults in the pandemic. I have never cared for an adult patient before. I have been scared, I have been exhausted, I have been left in tears. However this has been a moment of learning, of making new friends and working as one team as one NHS. All in the aim to help and care for those that have been affected by the virus. 

Normally I’d never have the opportunity to work with the colleagues I have met recently. Now I feel like I am part of one big team, one hospital not just one department. 

 Everyone on adult intensive care has been so welcoming for the last 2-3 months. I can’t thank them enough for being so patient with us and teaching us about adult nursing. The only difficulty now is recognising my amazing colleagues without their PPE on!”

Lowry-Pritchard

Siobhan Harris: Student NURSE, Paediatric Critical Care

"We never expected a pandemic, but especially not in the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, 2020. I am so proud of our profession for rising to the challenge and working hard together to continue under this pressure. It's been about support and looking after each other as this thing took over our NHS, and life has been anything but normal. It’s like doing the job we do under 100 times the normal pressure.

The outpouring of love and generosity to our profession has been incredible and lifted our spirits in such a dark time. The NHS really is what it is because of its people, and we have shown that.

 Thank you again for recognising us in this life-changing year and time."

Siobhan-Harris

Alina Nicodim: Sister on ITU Ward

“My name is Alina, working in ITU at Royal London Hospital in a very busy and challenging environment. Since coronavirus patients started to be admitted in my Unit we faced really hard challenges started from having to wear the PPE for hours that was making us exhausted, to change our practice having to increase nurse/ patient ratio. We are managing by working as a team, supporting and encouraging each other.
Words can't explain the situation and our feelings. Thank you for your support towards us, is very much appreciated. Things like this make us carry on, thinking that there are people out there that are supporting us and appreciate our hard work.”

portrait-Alina N

Maggie Mae Santos: RLH - Adult ICU

“Honestly, I never thought I would experience a pandemic in my lifetime. The situation is overwhelming, exhausting, and heartbreaking. And with that, it made me feel grateful and appreciative of what I have in life. Thank you to everyone who had shown their love and support to nurses around the world. Happy International Nurses Day!”

MaggiSantos4

Sara Pacifico: Staff nurse, ACCU

“I have been working in the ICU at the Royal London hospital for more than two years now. It has always been a challenging place to work in, as you see every day the worst of what could happen and the sickest of people. Of course, during the pandemic it became even more difficult. As we start to have to take care of more people than we used to, and some of them quite young, and it has been quite scary going to work and thinking all the time that you could catch it and be like one of your patients. But once you are there, you just have to carry on and do your job at your best. 

I think personally that as nurses we have always been working hard, not only during the pandemic, and often people don’t realise that. I just hope that what is happening makes people realise what really matters.”

portrait-sara pacifico

For all of our healthcare professionals and key workers reading this, we have an exclusive 50% discount code for you. A small gesture to show our appreciation for all of your courageous and inspiring work.

Simply email jack@miista.com if you are eligible to receive the code.

May 12,2020

by Jack Bradley-Adams

International Nurses Day // A message from our Superheroes

May 12th marks a very special day in the calendar, International Nurses Day is celebrated every year on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. But this year, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, it feels more important than ever.

Recently at Miista, we asked “Who are the modern-day Superheroes?” and launched a project working with over 100 incredible nurses based at the Royal London Hospital. 

The project in its conception was simple, we wanted to say THANK YOU to the incredible healthcare professionals working in our local area, Hackney in London, and gift them with a pair of our shoes. Our sole (no pun intended) intention was to raise their spirits, and put a smile on their faces. But what we got was so much more than that. 

We asked our Superheroes to share with us a message about their experience working and living throughout the pandemic, but I don’t think any of us would have expected to laugh, cry and feel a real sense of community and togetherness as much as we have from this particular collaboration.

So today, as the world celebrates International Nurses Day, we want to share with you the stories of the nurses working at The Royal Hospital London, in their own words.

Cristina Angel: Staff Nurse AAU

"I moved to London on the weekend of lockdown. I was scared of not only changing cities but also facing a pandemic no one has ever experienced before. However, despite the difficult shifts, the wounds in my hands and face due to equipment protection and hand hygiene, and the number of people who unfortunately have passed away- this city, and this country has shown us support and respect that I could never have imagined.

I feel proud of our NHS, of my team, of all the children who are staying at home and sending us beautiful cards. I am beyond proud of every single person who is following quarantine. 

And I also need to say a special thanks to your company, for your beautiful shoes and campaign. I'm sure sooner rather than later, they will accompany me in the steps of this new life that started over quarantine!"

Christina-Angel

Kaman Choi: Paediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU)

“I am a paediatric ICU nurse, and never in my wildest dreams did I think I would temporarily become an adult ICU nurse, caring for up to three ventilated adult patients at a time. Though the specialties are essentially similar, it was not what I signed up for - and this is the sentiment shared with all the other staff who have been redeployed at this time. It is mentally and physically exhausting and challenging, but I am ever thankful for the support from my colleagues across specialties at work, and also for the recognition from the public for what we do.

Thank you so much for your generous gift of these sandals! It is so lovely to have something so summery to take my mind off work during this current climate.”

kaman2

Angela Oduro-Konadu: Paediatric Critical Care Unit

“Hey everyone, my name is Angela and I have been a paediatric nurse in the NHS for 10 years. Due to the pandemic I was reassigned to adult ITU. It was an eye-opening experience for me and I found it emotionally difficult. I still remember the names of my patients and my heart really goes out to their families. My faith, family, and friends have helped me through these challenging times. This pandemic has taught me to make the most of every day and to cherish your loved ones.

The unity and commitment of staff from all areas and specialties have astounded me. It means a lot when companies such as Miista show their appreciation and I am so grateful. Thank you!

Even though the job is demanding, I wouldn't change it for the world. I am so proud to be a nurse!”

Angela-Oduro-K

Rosa Conde-Jimenez: Adult Critical Care Sister

“My name is Rosa and I work as a nurse at one of the busiest and biggest intensive care units in London. The last weeks have been quite tough at work, something none of us could have ever imagined. It has been challenging in so many ways, but the team has come together to support each other and the donations of food and goodies have helped the morale so much. Very grateful to Miista for my new boots! Looking forward to wearing them with something other than scrubs, haha!”

Rosa Conde-Jimenez1

Lowri Pritchard: Sister, PICU

“I’m a sister on a children’s intensive care unit but currently have been redeployed to adult intensive care to help with the pandemic. There is a limited amount of critical care nurses, it takes years to train a nurse in this specialty, therefore my skills in this area have been needed. I along with my fellow children’s nurses have gone out of my comfort zone to look after adults in the pandemic. I have never cared for an adult patient before. I have been scared, I have been exhausted, I have been left in tears. However this has been a moment of learning, of making new friends and working as one team as one NHS. All in the aim to help and care for those that have been affected by the virus. 

Normally I’d never have the opportunity to work with the colleagues I have met recently. Now I feel like I am part of one big team, one hospital not just one department. 

 Everyone on adult intensive care has been so welcoming for the last 2-3 months. I can’t thank them enough for being so patient with us and teaching us about adult nursing. The only difficulty now is recognising my amazing colleagues without their PPE on!”

Lowry-Pritchard

Siobhan Harris: Student NURSE, Paediatric Critical Care

"We never expected a pandemic, but especially not in the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, 2020. I am so proud of our profession for rising to the challenge and working hard together to continue under this pressure. It's been about support and looking after each other as this thing took over our NHS, and life has been anything but normal. It’s like doing the job we do under 100 times the normal pressure.

The outpouring of love and generosity to our profession has been incredible and lifted our spirits in such a dark time. The NHS really is what it is because of its people, and we have shown that.

 Thank you again for recognising us in this life-changing year and time."

Siobhan-Harris

Alina Nicodim: Sister on ITU Ward

“My name is Alina, working in ITU at Royal London Hospital in a very busy and challenging environment. Since coronavirus patients started to be admitted in my Unit we faced really hard challenges started from having to wear the PPE for hours that was making us exhausted, to change our practice having to increase nurse/ patient ratio. We are managing by working as a team, supporting and encouraging each other.
Words can't explain the situation and our feelings. Thank you for your support towards us, is very much appreciated. Things like this make us carry on, thinking that there are people out there that are supporting us and appreciate our hard work.”

portrait-Alina N

Maggie Mae Santos: RLH - Adult ICU

“Honestly, I never thought I would experience a pandemic in my lifetime. The situation is overwhelming, exhausting, and heartbreaking. And with that, it made me feel grateful and appreciative of what I have in life. Thank you to everyone who had shown their love and support to nurses around the world. Happy International Nurses Day!”

MaggiSantos4

Sara Pacifico: Staff nurse, ACCU

“I have been working in the ICU at the Royal London hospital for more than two years now. It has always been a challenging place to work in, as you see every day the worst of what could happen and the sickest of people. Of course, during the pandemic it became even more difficult. As we start to have to take care of more people than we used to, and some of them quite young, and it has been quite scary going to work and thinking all the time that you could catch it and be like one of your patients. But once you are there, you just have to carry on and do your job at your best. 

I think personally that as nurses we have always been working hard, not only during the pandemic, and often people don’t realise that. I just hope that what is happening makes people realise what really matters.”

portrait-sara pacifico

For all of our healthcare professionals and key workers reading this, we have an exclusive 50% discount code for you. A small gesture to show our appreciation for all of your courageous and inspiring work.

Simply email jack@miista.com if you are eligible to receive the code.