A 75-year-old nursing superstar has been shortlisted for a crop of national awards.

November 2020

Gladys Nkhola, who works at independent dementia hospital Monet Lodge, has been recognised for her contribution during the pandemic and for the last 40 years.

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Gladys, is in the running for five Great British Care Awards, including the categories of Covid hero and outstanding contribution to social care. She is also shortlisted for a Markel Third Sector Care Award.

Despite being in an at risk category herself, Gladys has taken on extra shifts during the pandemic to cover for staff who are isolating, switching to taxis rather than taking the bus to reduce the risk of her bringing coronavirus to residents.

Gladys has been dual qualified as a general nurse (RGN) and as a specialist mental health nurse (RMN) since 1976. Moving to the UK in 2002, she has worked at Monet Lodge since 2004.

Joby Raju, clinical lead at Monet Lodge, said: “With both her age and her Black South African heritage putting her clearly in a risk group herself, she has been utterly selfless throughout the pandemic.

“Gladys has dedicated her life as a nurse to the care of others. At 75, she continues to work tirelessly and compassionately, night after night, to ensure that the patients in her care receive the absolute best care that they deserve.

“She has an inherent sense of humanity, compassion, love and understanding. Her clinical knowledge is vast and she is a great motivator and leader. Working on shift with Gladys, staff always learn something new.

“Gladys always has a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye and nothing, absolutely nothing, is too much trouble for her. She would be a very deserving winner and all the staff at Monet Lodge are rooting for her.”

Gladys will find out if she has won in early 2021.

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