Celebrating our amazing Nurses at Oakland Care

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on 12th May each year to mark the contributions nurses make to society. The World Health Organisation (WHO) have designated 2020 as ‘International Year of the Nurse and Midwife’ to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

As well as marking this important day with celebrations in our care homes, we have spoken to a few of the amazing nurses that work for us to share their stories.

Valentina Dorneanu

Valentina is the Registered Nurse at our Lambwood Heights Care Home in Chigwell, Essex. She has been working at Oakland Care since February 2020. Valentina’s role entails teaching residents and their relatives about the do’s and don’ts to keep up with good health, as well as about their stay in the Care Home.

Valentina was born on the 28th of June 1986 in Romania. She was born in Bucharest, the same city as Nicolae Paulescu, the well renowned Romanian physiologist and Professor of Medicine. Valentina graduated Nursing School in 2011 and has been working as a Nurse ever since.

Valentina is a compassionate and caring person who constantly puts herself in the resident’s shoes to make sure she can provide the best possible care. She is a critical thinker and uses her past clinical experiences to solve resident’s needs. She also uses innovative thinking to put forward new ideas into practice to personalise for each resident’s care.

Speaking about what she enjoys about her role at Lambwood Heights, Valentina said, “I enjoy working for Lambwood Heights because my manager is also a very skilled Nurse and I feel I can rely on her knowledge; my colleagues are kind and respectful and the building is superb. I have all the facilities to perform my work in a beautiful safe environment.”

Valentina believes that the prerogative of a nurse is being kind and empathetic and it is these qualities that has made her role unique and helped her see residents beyond their needs. Valentina feels proud about her work and said, “Once a resident told me, there is something better in your chest”.

Speaking about Nursing as a profession, Valentina says, “To be a Nurse is the most noble profession that a person can choose to do, my advice for anyone who wants to study Nursing is that If you are ready for an incredible journey full of knowledge and excitement, then this is the profession that you should choose.”

Photo of Valentina Dorneanu


Find out more about Lambwood Heights Care Home.