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UK Nurse of the Year 2011

Nursing was a natural calling for Teodoro Medran Jr. Inspired by his mother, he chose nursing as his profession and pursued his dream. Medran, who prefers being called Junjun, grew up in Pinamalayan Oriental Mindoro, Philippines before moving to London in September 1999. He arrived to the U.K. with only a suitcase and a dream. His hard work and determination has led him to acquire this accolade. He currently works at Royal Sussex Hospitals Trust in Brighton.

You recently won the Nurse of the Year. How do you feel?

I feel great winning the most prestigious award that can be given to a nurse. I’m still on cloud nine
having won the award having beaten almost 100 nominees who are mostly Brits. I’d like to share this
with all them, who are equally or much more deserving on winning this award.

Tell us about your day-to-day duties as a nurse.
I work mostly night duties as a Clinical Charge Nurse (Clinical Site Management Team.) We cover the whole hospital. We provide support to everyone on everything they need. We are the trouble shooters, alongside the doctors, nurses and other multidisciplinary teams.

What inspired you to become a nurse?
My mum Sally Lafuente Medran was my inspiration. She was a frustrated nurse because of financial constraints, so she became a public school teacher instead. She hoped for all of us [siblings] that we would become nurses. And all four of us are nurses and work at the same group of hospitals (The Brighton and Sussex Hospitals Trust).

What has been your favourite moment as a nurse?

Every day is a favourite moment for me. I treat every day as a special day. I value the time and people I meet on that day, so tomorrow I look forward to meeting if not the same people maybe another human being whom I can share my happiness with not just as a nurse but a true happy person. We always hear about TLC but if you don’t give it naturally and with all your heart, it doesn’t mean anything. I always give the best care I can give to my patients; if I don’t have the chance to see my patient again tomorrow, at least I have the given best for him and he will always remember that.

What lesson did you learn the most as a nurse?
I love nursing because it reminds me all the time of how valuable life is. My job never fails to make me realise how lucky I am being healthy and able to do things I’d like to do. It gives me enough reason to give importance to people around me and the people I love most.

What advice would you give to students studying nursing?
To all nursing students who will be reading this, I have been in your position too; I was feeling uncertain and losing hope. I once feared the unknown, until I started listening and believing to those people who have been there too. Believe, do, be inspired, pray and be happy.

What was your experience as a Filipino in the U.K.? What are your thoughts of it?

My biggest fear of coming to another country like the UK was experiencing racism and inequality. But up to now, I can barely remember that being an issue for me. I got promoted over my British colleagues because I deserved it and not because of my colour. My colleagues’ achievements are just as well-deserved. Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. 

What challenges did you have to overcome as a nurse here, as opposed to being a nurse in the Philippines?
Nursing in the UK is far different compared to what it is like in the Philippines. It does not matter if you are a doctor or a consultant; everybody listens and respects nurses here. It feels good to be a nurse here because you are heard and things get done because you get all the handy tools that you need to deliver the care for your patients.

Who is your mentor?
I have so many mentors but I would mention the best who has truly been an inspiration: my dad Teodoro Medran Sr. He always encourages me to do better. He also always says that whatever you can do now, may be a chance that might not come again. The worst thing you could be telling yourself is, “I should have done that while I could have”. Even now that I am capable of making decisions of my own, I still occasionally seek my mum and dad’s advice and blessings especially for the ‘big ones’. I say, whatever you achieve in life, always look back and dwell on the good memories that the past have given you. Family is my ultimate inspiration in life. 

Interview by Lorelei Marfil
Edited by Kat Cruz

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