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
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
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
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community