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Italian nurse celebrates ‘Successo’!

Italian Nurses Nov 2017

Italian nurse, Mirco Montinari, is celebrating promotion, a little over a year after relocating to work at Darlington Memorial Hospital from his home in the southern Italian region of Puglia.

Italian Nurses Nov 2017

Working in the clinical assessment unit, Mirco's new responsibilities include assessing patients who are referred from local GPs and the hospital's A&E department, in some cases making treatment decisions and arranging for other patients to be seen by a surgeon.  He is now training to develop his skills even further. 

Commenting, Mirco, said, "Working at CDDFT has given me the opportunity to develop and take on more responsibility in a way I didn't get in Italy.  I feel my skills and experience are valued and there's also a culture of support, encouragement and opportunities to train."

Director of nursing, Noel Scanlon, said, "We want to employ the best nurses and it's their skills rather than their nationality that's important to us.  Since 2015 we've recruited 81nurses from Italy and over 90% have stayed. Mirco is testimony that with training and support they are thriving and have become an integral part of our team." 

Romance has blossomed for two other Italian nurses who met when they both started working in Darlington in 2015. Staff nurse, Sergio D'Urso and Giulia Bassan who works in theatres got married in August, in Sicily, which is where Sergio is from.  Commenting, Sergio, said, "Giulia is from near Venice so it's unlikely we would have met had we not both applied to work at Darlington Memorial Hospital. We've made Darlington our home and love the north of England countryside.  We're also both really happy at work where our skills and opinions are valued." 

Published 14 November 2017

'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very thankful and relieved patient'.

Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital of North Durham