Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Tara Filby as its new chief nurse.
Ms Filby, who has worked at the trust for 28 years, had been acting up to the role after the previous chief nurse, Karen Dunderdale, stepped up to become deputy chief executive.
Ms Filby said she developed a passion for nursing after doing work experience on a ward at Scunthorpe hospital, which involved giving fresh oranges to patients.
“I want to inspire other people to deliver excellent care and to become the nurse leaders of the future”
She subsequently joined Scunthorpe and Goole hospital school of nursing in 1987 and qualified in 1990, before rising to the level of ward sister.
In 2003 she was asked to open and run a new surgical treatment centre, as well as later opening an ophthalmic suite and managing the surgical wards at Goole hospital.
She left Goole in 2011 and became assistant director of nursing at Grimsby hospital before being promoted to deputy chief nurse.
She said: “I feel very privileged to be a nurse and that this trust has supported me. I never imagined when I qualified in 1990 that I would be sitting here as chief nurse.
“I want to inspire other people to deliver excellent care and to become the nurse leaders of the future,” she said.
Ms Filby added: “My main priority has and always will be the quality of care we provide for our patients. We must ensure we wrap our services around the needs of the patients as they need to be at the heart of everything we do.
“Key to all of this is equipping our frontline staff with the right skills and expertise to be able to deliver first class care,” she said.