Portugal’s Sílvia Nunes was awarded the UK Care Awards in the category of best nurse for innovation, creativity and attention at work, the organizers announced today.

“Silvia represents the best of nursing in a home environment. She is innovative, creative, and passionate and does everything for the residents, families, and her team. Promoting high quality nursing within their team is a prime example, “Care England said.

National awards were awarded at a ceremony on Friday with more than a thousand nursing and health care professionals in Birmingham who had been winners in their respective regions.

“I did not want to believe when I heard my name, but I felt a huge pride. This award recognizes all the work that I have been developing as a nurse since I arrived in England,” she told Lusa news agency.

The 33-year-old Portuguese nurse from Vila do Conte arrived in the UK in 2014 to look for work in her area because she could not find a job as a nurse in Portugal.

In spite of the initial difficulties with the English language, at the end of about a year the clinical director was promoted and in September of 2016 the assistant director of the home Ford Place, specialized in palliative care.

Last year he was a non-winning finalist for the second consecutive year of the National Care Awards, also from the UK