Nurse Of The Year AnnouncedPosted on: 02 April 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
The Patient's Choice winner and other nurse awards finalists are revealed by Nursing Standard.
Finalists in Nursing Standard's prestigious nurse of the year awards have been invited to Downing Street for tea with prime minister Gordon Brown, the nursing journal reports this week.
Awards were presented to nurses from around the UK at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London on Thursday 27th March 2008.
For the first time this year, Nursing Standard included a Patient's Choice award. As reported on 50connect, nurses were nominated by patients and then the public voted online to select the winner.
The award was won jointly by Rachel Andrews, nominated by the mother of a young boy who lost his eye in an accident, and Gill Donovan, a breast oncology nurse from Cardiff.
Runners up were Amitah Shah, believed to be the only dedicated carers' nurse in the country, and Jeanette Hornsey, a cardiac specialist nurse from Manchester.
Nurse consultant Karen Logan was named 'Nurse of the Year' from among the winners of 11 specialist categories.
Karen, director of continence services at Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust, has changed the lives of hundreds of patients by improving the way in which they are taught self-catheterisation, a daunting prospect for people at a very difficult time in their lives.
Accepting the award from former health minister Edwina Currie, a trustee of the Patients Association, Karen said, "People who are incontinent often do not have strong voices and this makes it difficult to attract resources for them."
She added that incontinence blights peoples' lives and that those who had been properly taught to self catheterise were "extremely grateful".
"When we treat patients we turn their lives around," she said.
All of the nurse finalists have made real improvements for patients within their specialty.
Nicola James has established a nurse-led service to slash waiting times for men with suspected prostate cancer.
Annette Halliwell's one-stop shop for women with post menopausal bleeding means women are waiting only three days for a diagnosis compared with 60 days previously.
Catherine Morrison has transformed community night nursing provision in the Outer Hebrides.
Karen Swinson's scheme to bring nurses into Kent's custody suites is now being rolled out across the Metropolitan Police area.
Pauline Byers has shown that an African-Caribbean based diet can lead to better blood sugar control and weight loss.
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