By Judith Gicobi
The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RHOH) NHS Trust has elevated Kenyan nurse Mercy Wasike to the position of deputy head nurse.
The hospital said in a statement that Wasike started in her new position in May and that she is responsible for delivering senior leadership at the specialized London trust in support of the chief nurse.
Her expertise gained while serving as a senior nurse in the hospital’s emergency room helped her advance to the post.
Wasike said that the new post verifies her objective since she left Kenya in search of better pastures as she accepted her assignment.
“I left home to explore an opportunity to use my gifts in service to humanity, this position validates that decision. I would like to acknowledge all those who have contributed to getting me this far on my nursing leadership journey.”
“My family have an abiding belief in my ability and have been consistent with their support to me,” Wasike stated as per Nursing Times.
The nurse enrolled in the University of Brighton after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Kenya, where she went on to get a Diploma. She became a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in 2003.
She enlisted in Health Education England in 2016 and served as the organization’s professional lead for community and primary care nursing.
Within Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, she advanced through the ranks to become an assistant director of nursing.
The hospital’s chief nurse, Louise Morton, praised Wasike as a skilled and seasoned expert in the field.
“Mercy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to nursing at RNOH. Her professionalism, expertise and compassionate approach is an exemplar to her colleagues and makes her an amazing nurse leader. We welcome her and are very lucky, and proud, to have her,” Morton stated.
Additionally, Wasike is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK).
The RNOH is the largest specialty orthopaedic hospital in the UK and is considered as a leader in the field of orthopaedics both in the UK and internationally, according to the NHS website.
The clinic is the ninth-best hospital in the world for orthopedic treatments, according to Newsweek Magazine.