Introducing Community Champion of the year nominee,Bongi Sibanda. We caught up with her and this is what she had to say
ZAA: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
BS: I am a Zimbabwean born, multi-talented nurse, mainly based in the UK. My work and background is very diverse, l am privileged to be in a position to serve in such unique ways. I provide direct clinical practice as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Emergency & Primary Care) to patients, develop healthcare workforce in collaboration with colleagues/stakeholders and hold international nursing leadership roles. My clinical and education work (paid & voluntary) is mainly UK and Zimbabwe.
ZAA: What motivates you?
BS: Knowing that each day is a gift and an opportunity to do better.
ZAA: What are three most important things in life?
BS: God, family, love.
ZAA: How did you know you had been nominated?
BS: I got congratulatory messages from friends and colleagues and received an email confirmation
ZAA: What was the feeling when you found out you had made the shortlist?
BS: Excited and humbled. It is such an honour to know that our work in nursing practice and leadership is being recognised and valued.
ZAA: What projects are you currently working on?
BS: I am working on a number of projects at present; locally in London, we are working on improving the experience and education of internationally trained nurses new to practice in the UK.
In Zimbabwe, in an effort to improve health outcomes, l am working in partnership with medical colleagues to develop advanced nursing practice in primary care. Regionally, with AFrIPEN colleagues, we are building and promoting Interprofessional Education (IPE) and collaborative practice in Sub-Saharan Africa. Internationally, the 10th ICN Nurse Practitioner/APNN conference in Rotterdam is just three months away – a lot of preparation and work for my presentations. So it’s very busy and exciting at the moment!