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It’s less about how you start & more about how you finish. So finish like a boss! – My year in review.  

Updated & Reblogged Post!!! Still reflecting and looking forward to 2017.

This review of my 2016 is to capture the essence of a year that, in my opinion, has defied the odds! My 2016 has been a roller coaster of a ride of fantastic highs and painful lows. Those of you who’ve stuck it out with me will have an understanding of what I refer to. I am truly grateful to be alive. For anyone who doesn’t get it, that’s ok. The most amazingly important thing is that I am still standing and I am now a calmer, kinder, more tolerant and stronger person. This ‘new and improved’ me is as a result of the challenges that I have had to overcome. You learn more about yourself in your darkest moments. I am grateful that God has blessed me so richly. 

I hasten to add that the highs have far outweighed the lows in 2016. I’ve been successful and fulfilled in many areas of my life in 2016. I have achieved a few goals this year that I never dared to dream of before. There’s a risk of being accused of being a show off, however I’m taking that risk because this is my year in review and it should serve to remind others not to give up. So, to recap, in 2016 I have…

  • Led the procession of the lamp at The Florence Nightingale Foundation as one of the Florence Nightingale scholars at Westminster Abbey.
  • Achieved a major career milestone of being appointed to my first Head of Nursing post at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust. (As I keep highlighting, in the UK, only 3% of us are of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds)
  • Co-authored an amazing book for current and future nursing and midwifery leaders with a distinguished group of healthcare leaders. I’m grateful to David Ashton (follow him on Twitter: @DaveAshton_ ) for this wonderful opportunity. There’ll be more details regarding this in January 2017.
  • Been featured on the premier website of all things Jamaican – (
  • Been showcased in the Jamaica Observer newspaper.
  • Commenced the ethics phase of my research journey. I now feel confident that I WILL complete my PhD.🙏🏾

I will leave 2016 behind with increased confidence, faithfulness, peace of mind and assurance that my goals are within my reach. I will work diligently to achieve these goals. “Like a boss” is a phrase that epitomises the winner’s mindset that I have now adopted. Yes, I know that there will be tougher times ahead, but hey that’s life. Everyone has them. I said to someone recently that “where there’s life, there will be struggles”. It’s all about how you deal with your obstacles that sets you apart as a winner. You have to rise up and overcome your challenges, like a boss! I’m from solid maroon stock, so being fearless is in my dna. Like the Jamaican National Heroine, Nanny of the Maroons, I shall rise! I claim victory and refuse to accept defeat. 

I hope that during 2016, I have inspired at least one other person to rise above their obstacles and claim victory too.
I’m in a happy place. I feel fulfilled while I know there is much more to be done. I will work to break down even more barriers; break some more glass ceilings and release more shackles for those who look up to me as a role model. 

There are still 5 days remaining in 2016 following which 2017 has the potential to be even more amazing. 

In 2017, I will continue to inspire future nurse leaders to care for patients with care and compassion. I will collect data for my PhD research and start writing up my findings. 

I look forward to giving back in any way I can to help others, spending even more precious quality with my family and friends in 2017. Without them, I would not be where I am today. That’s what makes it all worthwhile for me. 

Wishing you all a wonderfully blessed Christmas🎄 and an amazing 2017. May all your dreams come true!

It truly is less about how you start & more about how you finish. So finish like a boss!

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By Nichole McIntosh FRSA

I am a Jamaican-born British nurse, blogger:, podcaster, motivational speaker, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Editorial Advisor of the Royal College of Nursing Institute’s Nursing Management Journal. Founder and Director of Maroon Mindset Unlimited Ltd.

Follow me on Twitter: @McIntoshNichole
Instagram: @tyrese876

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