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Former refugee qualifies as nurse, praised by trust as ‘outstanding individual’

A former refugee who fled conflict in his native Africa and qualified as a nurse after studying English while working in a factory has earned praise from his trust
Picture of Justin Mwange, who fled conflict in his native Africa and qualified as a nurse after studying English while working in a factory. He has earned praise from his trust for overcoming adversity.

A former refugee who fled conflict in his native Africa and qualified as a nurse after studying English while working in a factory has earned praise from his trust

A former refugee who fled conflict in his homeland and qualified as a nurse after reaching England is being hailed by the trust where he works for his achievement in overcoming adversity.

Justin Mwange, who left the Democratic Republic of Congo and lived in a refugee camp for seven years, began his nursing career at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in October, having had placements at the trust during his studies.

The trusts practice learning facilitator Vicky Needler said: Justin is an outstanding individual who has overcome more than most people could ever imagine to achieve his aim of becoming

A former refugee who fled conflict in his native Africa and qualified as a nurse after studying English while working in a factory has earned praise from his trust

Picture of Justin Mwange, who fled conflict in his native Africa and qualified as a nurse after studying English while working in a factory. He has earned praise from his trust for overcoming adversity.
Justin Mwange is now a nurse at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

A former refugee who fled conflict in his homeland and qualified as a nurse after reaching England is being hailed by the trust where he works for his achievement in overcoming adversity.

Justin Mwange, who left the Democratic Republic of Congo and lived in a refugee camp for seven years, began his nursing career at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in October, having had placements at the trust during his studies.

The trust’s practice learning facilitator Vicky Needler said: ‘Justin is an outstanding individual who has overcome more than most people could ever imagine to achieve his aim of becoming a nurse.’

Mr Mwange said earning the qualification had restored confidence he lost after living in the refugee camp. ‘It was a long journey to get to where I am now, and I am feeling very proud to fulfil my ambition of becoming a nurse.’

After fleeing his home he lived in a refugee camp in Zambia, where he volunteered as a support worker with humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres to help people with malnutrition.

‘He is destined for a fantastic nursing career’

His work included weighing patients, helping to monitor their blood sugars, and distributing extra food parcels to children and vulnerable adults.

He arrived in England in 2007 and after moving to Hull took English classes and worked in a factory to support his family. After passing exams in English as a foreign language he studied social work and obtained a degree in 2012.

He worked as a care assistant supporting people with learning difficulties and children with autism in the community for four years, then in 2016 he enrolled in a nursing degree course at the University of Hull.

Ms Needler highlighted a time when Mr Mwange was able to help a patient from Africa because they spoke the same language and he understood the patient’s cultural background.

She added: ‘We are very lucky to have had him with us throughout his studies, and he is destined for a fantastic nursing career.’


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