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A model nurse: how posing for Vogue was all part of a ‘normal day’ at work

Homerton Hospital ward sister hopes magazine's coverage will encourage young people to consider nursing careers


Homerton Hospital ward sister Eunice Ouko

A nurse who is featured in UK Vogue as part of a cover story highlighting pandemic front-line workers' roles hopes to encourage the younger generation into nursing.

The magazine's July 2020 issue celebrates key workers from various professions and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust ward sister Eunice Ouko is photographed in her nurse’s uniform for the fashion magazine.

Focus on key workers’ contribution during the pandemic

The magazine will have three alternative covers, picturing Homerton midwife Rachel Millar, as well as a train driver and a supermarket worker.

Ms Ouko told Nursing Standard it was 'nice to be acknowledged’ and she wanted to encourage children towards a career in nursing.

She said it was a 'normal day' when her matron, Nicola Sands, also featured, asked her to join the photoshoot in the hospital’s grounds, but she did not anticipate the impact.

‘I’m a nurse, that’s my job, that’s what I do. I’m a little bit embarrassed by [the attention].'

Coverage shows profession in a positive light

She recalled the moment her ten-year-old daughter told her it was ‘epic’ that she was on Twitter and declared her mum was ‘famous’. She said she hopes the pictures will show nursing in a positive light.

Having worked at the hospital since 2002, qualifying as a nurse in 2004, Ms Ouko had been working on a diabetes and sickle cell ward before it became a COVID-19 screening ward.  

In March, Grazia magazine published an issue with cover image of NHS workers.


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