A Winning night at RCN Nurse of the Year Awards

05/07/2017

At an awards ceremony in the Culloden Hotel, Holywood on the 8th June, 2017, Belfast Trust celebrated multiple winners and finalists in this year’s RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Awards.

As ever, these awards provide the opportunity to highlight excellence within nursing in Northern Ireland and the contribution that nurses make to the health and well-being of the people of Northern Ireland.

Student Nurse Award:
Ruth Haire was awarded the RCN Student of the Year.  Ruth is currently based in Allen Ward, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.  Ruth demonstrated a great role model for all students and displays an international perspective and goes the extra mile to make the difference.

L-R: Janice Smyth, Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Northern Ireland, Ruth Haire & Donna Fitzsimons, Head of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen's University Belfast

 

Team Manager Award:
Caroline Malone was runner up in this category.  Caroline is Ward Sister in the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Unit at Musgrave Park Hospital in the Belfast Trust, and is described by her nominator as “truly inspirational and motivated”, ensuring that “the patient always comes first”.

L-R: Janice Smyth, Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Northern Ireland, Caroline Malone, runner-up in the Team Manager Award and Colette Baker, LV.

 

Chief Nursing Officer’s Award:
Gerry Bradley won first place in the Chief Nursing Officer award.  Gerry currently works as Planning & Performance Project Co-ordinator in Unscheduled & Acute Care.  
Gerry was nominated for his leadership role in establishing a nurse-led Alcohol Recovery Centre in Belfast city centre (ARC) and developing partnership working between multiple agencies in caring for the intoxicated patient.

L-R: Charlotte McArdle, Chief Nursing Officer, Gerry Bradley who won the CNO Award and Janice Smyth, Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Northern Ireland.

 

Learning in Practice Award:
Conor McDowell was runner up in the category. Conor was nominated by a nursing student who undertook a six-week practice placement in his ward. During the six weeks, the student said he gained “an incredible wealth of hands-on experience” in chest drains, venepuncture, care and discharge planning, and the administration of medicines. Conor provides constant reinforcement to students through their work experience.

L-R: Janice Smyth, Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Northern Ireland, Conor McDowell, runner-up in the Learning in Practice Award and John D’Arcy, Open University.

 

Cancer Nurse Award:
Renee Reid jointly won the Cancer Nurse Award category.  Renee, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, based in the Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital is the first clinical nurse specialist in Northern Ireland caring specifically for young people aged 16-24 with a cancer diagnosis. Her post is funded by the Friends of the Cancer Centre charity and this support has recently been extended to enable Renée to undertake the role on a regional basis. Recognised as a clinical leader, expert and champion for young people, she provides a truly holistic service.

L-R: Janice Smyth, Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Northern Ireland, Renee Reid, Joint winner of the Cancer Nurse Award, Liz Atkinson, Cancer Focus, Sally Convery, Joint winner of the Cancer Nurse Award and Heather Monteverde, Macmillan Cancer Support