Nurses' commitment celebrated

Published on: 28 May 2016

THE commitment of North Bristol NHS Trust’s nurses has been celebrated at the annual Nursing Director Awards.
Staff nominated their colleagues for honours in eight categories, covering areas such as training, research and innovation and patient experience.
Presentations were made at an event held to mark International Nurses Day 2016.
Director of Nursing, Sue Jones, said: “I am very proud to lead such a committed, kind and compassionate nursing and midwifery workforce, who make a difference to patients each and every day.”
The Nursing Team award was won by the Acute Medical Unit in recognition of  the hard work in redesigning the service  in July 2015  to reduce pressure on the Emergency Department. The Medirooms and Acute Oncology were shortlisted in this category.
A team effort from renal nurse Denise King and trainee assistant practitioner Lauren Slater earned them the Patient Experience Champion title. Denise arranged for Lauren to accompany a patient to their son’s wedding as a surprise to him. The patient could not stay for the wedding reception so Lauren made a special buffet dinner on their return  to continue the celebrations at the hospital..
Denise said: “It was a pleasure to be able to help a patient and make a difference to them and their family. It was a team effort on that day with everyone on that shift helping to make it happen.”
Suzanne Mallett and Carolyn Barker were also shortlisted in this category.
Other awards: Practice Development Scholarship - staff nurse Kathleen Jackson, who works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Southmead Hospital; Research and Innovation - lead movement disorder nurse, Lucy Mooney,  for her work in fundraising and helping with the move of the Parkinson’s team into the Bristol Brain Centre;  Nursing Teacher/ Educator - Edwina Burley, nurse educator in the Acute Medical Unit (AMU), shortlisted: Mandy Freeman; Healthcare Assistant - Hazel Crudge, who works on 28B,  and has been with NBT for 27 years;  Inspirational Leader - Debbie Beynon, ward manager of 6B, shortlisted: Juliette Hughes and Emma Parslow; Registered Nurse -  Kirsty Steventon, amputee nurse specialist at the Bristol Centre for Enablement (BCE),  shortlisted: George Duffield and Wendy Clifford.

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