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Howard Muzire
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Howard Muzire, Charge Nurse, Thorpe Ward

Howard said: "I love my job. It's perfect for me as it combines both management and direct patient contact, which I really enjoy. I still get to complete things such as care planning, risk assessments and one-to-ones, which is the reason I decided to do the job in the first place.

"For me, nursing is really rewarding. I enjoy interacting with patients, while ensuring high standards of care.

"I studied mechanical engineering back home in Zimbabwe before moving to England in 2002 but I had the opportunity to work with vulnerable people and realised I would be more useful as a nurse than an engineer! I also realised I'd get great job satisfaction through seeing people getting better.

"As well as my work on the ward, I train colleagues in personality disorder. I've really enjoyed spreading the message that it is treatable, and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Through the training, we are helping to change people's attitudes, which is really satisfying. I'm also the carer's lead for secure services, which I find really rewarding. Carers play such a vital role – it's important for us to look after them too.

"I very much enjoy my job and would recommend a career in nursing to anyone."