Guyanese nurse heads London based nursing home

The original article can be found in: Kaieteur News

Nursing is a profession that calls for true love for humanity, caring hands and a devoted personality that truly wants to help people who cannot do it for themselves, so it was no surprise why Tricia Yahya made the decision to join the profession. Yahya has reached the peak of her career as she was recently promoted to Manager at the Priory Nursing Home in London.
Tricia was born and raised in Mabaruma, Region One where she attended the North West Secondary School. At age fifteen she applied to the Georgetown School of Nursing, but because of her young age was denied entrance. At the time of her application to the Nursing School, Tricia was a young teacher at the North West Secondary School. “I kept applying to go the Georgetown School of Nursing but was too young to enter into the Professional Programme” Yahya told Kaieteur News. However all was not lost since she was recognized by the late President Desmond Hoyte at a general forum in Mabaruma where she was speaking on behalf of teachers.
According to Yahya, it was Hoyte who encouraged her to join the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Within a few months Yahya said she was travelling to Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados to represent Guyana.
After a few years she was eligible to start the Professional Nursing Programme, which she commenced at the Georgetown School of Nursing. She did the practical aspect of the course at the Georgetown Hospital.
She told Kaieteur News that after completing her studies she graduated as a Registered General Nurse. She served two years at the Mabaruma Hospital where, according to her she gained more valuable experience. Still wanting to do more, Yahya said she applied to the Georgetown School of Nursing to do the Midwifery Programme.
Some 18 months later Yahya graduated and subsequently again moved back to the Mabaruma Hospital. Yahya told Kaieteur News that she was one of the first persons involved in the initiation of the Regional HIV and AIDS Committee of which she was chairperson for a number of years.
Several years later Yahya migrated to the United Kingdom where she was registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council and started working as a Supervisor. Yahya said she returned to the classroom a few years later after migrating to London and was qualified to teach in Health and Social Care level two.
A year later she was promoted to Deputy Manager.  Several years later Yahya was made Clinical Lead. Years of hard work and dedication finally paid off, as Yahya was recently promoted to Manager at the Priory Nursing Home.
Yahya told Kaieteur News that she believes that life is about being able to give help to others and affect change in a positive way wherever possible. As a result, Yahya said she supports a number of charities and runs the annual marathon for the Breast Cancer Charity. “Honesty, hard work and determination to improve myself and the life of others always gives me a sense of well being” Yahya told Kaieteur News.

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