Ona Croft
Ona Croft

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Ona in Sierra Leone
Ona in Sierra Leone

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Ona the Mum
Ona the Mum

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Ona Croft
Ona Croft

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BIO

I am a recently retired Army Nurse who is passionate about health promotion and improvement, and values kindness, integrity and humour.


I served with the British Army for 16 years, working all over the world, including an exchange to Australia, two operational deployments to Iraq and one to Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. I discovered my passion for health promotion whilst caring for service personnel and their families in Primary Care.


Although I retired from the Army in January 2021, I remain a part of the Military Community as an RAF wife, and mum to two hooligans who keep me on my toes. Currently employed as a Practice Nurse in a military Medical Centre in my new capacity as a civilian, I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of carving out a new niche for myself through my business which allows me to focus on the aspects of nursing I enjoy the most.


Caring, considerate, compassionate, (brutally) honest, and thoughtful, I love working closely with patients from all walks of life; getting to know them and empowering them to make positive changes to improve their health. I also enjoy spreading awareness about important health topics in a way that is accessible and impactful.


I enjoy baking, very amateur photography, and running, and recently completed my first (and last) marathon raising money for the Queen's Nursing Institute. I love to travel, and am always planning my next adventure.  


As a working Mum, I have a good understanding of how challenging it can be to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I strive to achieve balance in my own life, and believe that equilibrium is key to a happy, healthy life. 

A few random facts:

Ona is short for Fiona.

I'm teetotal, and have never been drunk.

I don't drink tea or coffee (but thoroughly enjoy my daily can of Diet Coke).

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Ona enjoys learning, and is committed to personal and professional development as dictated by the requirements of her regulatory body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).  In addition to the qualifications and training listed below, she completes regular up-dates covering health-related topics such as Basic Life Support, Immunisations, Infection Prevention & Control and Safeguarding. She is currently studying a Level 2 qualification in Exercise to Music, and a Level 3 Pre/Post Natal Exercise Instructor qualification, which have both been delayed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, but which she hopes to complete this year.

2013

NURSING (BN)

University of Glasgow 

2015

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT (L5 Diploma)

Institute of Leadership & Management

2016

IMMUNISATION TRAINING FOR NURSES

M&K Up-date

2016

MILITARY INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND TROPICAL MEDICINE COURSE

Royal Centre for Defence Medicine

2017

NCSCT FACE-TO-FACE TRAINING COURSE IN BEHAVIOURAL SUPPORT

National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training

2017

TRAVEL MEDICINE ADVISORS COURSE

Defence Medical Services

2018

UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION AND HEALTH (L2 Certificate)

East Riding College

2018

PREGNANCY & POST-PARTUM (Specialty Module)

National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training

2021

EXERCISE TO MUSIC INSTRUCTOR (L2)

Health and Fitness Education 

2021

ADAPTING EXERCISE FOR ANTE AND POST NATAL CLIENTS (L3)

Health And Fitness Education

 

EXPERIENCE

I initially joined the British Army as a Medical Support Officer in a Leadership and Management role, which took me around the world.  In 2010, I transferred to the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps to complete my nurse training in Glasgow, before moving to Surrey in 2013 as a newly qualified Army Nurse.


I completed a 12 month preceptorship prior to deploying to Sierra Leone in 2014 as a Shift Leader to care for patients with Ebola Virus Disease.  In 2016, I finally achieved my goal of moving into Primary Healthcare, where I remained until she retired from the Army in January 2021.

Still employed by the Ministry of Defence as a Practice Nurse, I launched my business in 2021 to allow me to utilise my expertise, working with clients who are seeking to improve their health.

2013 - 2016

Secondary Healthcare

Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey

Cardiology

Medical Acute Dependency Unit

Medical Assessment Unit

Ambulatory Care Unit

2016 - DATE

Primary Healthcare

Defence Primary Healthcare, UK

Triage

Minor Illness/Injuries

Chronic Disease Management

Wound Management

Health Promotion

Smoking Cessation

Healthy Lifestyle Support