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Opportunity for black and minority ethnic nurses to showcase their achievements

Community matron Dena Ross, joint winner of the Nursing Older People category at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017, encourages colleagues from black and ethnic minority backgrounds to enter this year’s competition and demonstrate their achievements

Community matron Dena Ross, joint winner of the Nursing Older People category at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017, encourages colleagues from black and ethnic minority backgrounds to enter this year’s competition and demonstrate their achievements

Dena Ross. Picture: Tim George

The urge to join the nursing fraternity started for me when, as a child, I used to see my grandfather returning home in his uniform and listened to the stories he told.

The eldest son of a Nigerian chief, my grandfather was educated by missionaries and trained as a nurse before coming to the UK in the late 1940s. After training as a psychiatric nurse, he worked extensively across two hospitals until his untimely passing in 1991.

As a black man from a different country, my grandfather experienced unspeakable abuse almost daily, from colleagues and patients alike.

A noble profession

Yet he

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