Kenya’s first assistant chief nurse has been appointed in the NHS, at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital NHS Trust.
Mercy Wasike took up her role on May 3 and provided senior management of the Specialist Trust in London in support of the Chief Nursing Officer.
Ms. Wasike has experience as an older sister in the emergency department and has also worked as a professional development nurse.
In 2016 she was seconded to Health Education England where she worked as a Professional Leader for Community and Primary Care Nursing. Working in North Central and East London, she ran a general practice nursing project.
“Mercy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to nursing at RNOH”
Subsequently, Ms Wasike was appointed Deputy Director of Nursing with the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
Ms. Wasike graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Kenya. She moved to the UK and completed a degree in adult nursing at the University of Brighton, joining the register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in 2003.
She said: “I left home to explore an opportunity to use my gifts in the service of humanity, this position validates that decision.
“I want to thank everyone who has helped bring me this far in my nursing leadership journey.
“My family firmly believes in my abilities and has always supported me.”
Louise Morton, Chief Nursing Officer at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital, said: “Mercy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to nursing at the RNOH.
“Her professionalism, expertise and compassionate approach set an example for her colleagues and make her an incredible nurse leader. We welcome him and are very lucky and proud to have him.
Ms Wasike is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar and Queen’s Nurse.