Success at RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Awards 2013


Congratulations to the Belfast Trust nurses who were successful at this year’s Nurse of the Year awards held recently at the Culloden Hotel.


The Nurse of the Year awards provide a unique opportunity to highlight excellence in nursing in Northern Ireland, and celebrate the contribution that nursing makes to the health and wellbeing of the people we care for.


Laura Croan, won the Patient’s Choice Award on the basis of the outstanding care she provided to a young man who was receiving chemotherapy treatment for leukaemia. The patient described how Laura took the time to get to know him, enabling him to share his concerns and fears, and responded to his questions. The judging panel praised Laura’s capacity to look beyond the particular condition that had led to the patient being admitted and to take the time to understand and meet his broader physical and mental health needs. Laura is a Registered Nurse, based at Belfast City Hospital.

Rhonda Scott Senior Nurse Manager and Damian O’Kane Behaviour Nurse Specialist were runners-up in the Chief Nursing Officer’s Award. Rhonda and Damian have been nominated for the leadership they displayed in promoting the safety of people with a learning disability through the provision of life support training for staff at Muckamore Abbey Hospital. In 2009, the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust resuscitation team identified the need to increase capacity to provide life support training for all staff in order to enhance patient and staff safety. As a result of the leadership demonstrated by Rhonda and Damian, 90% of nursing and day care staff at Muckamore Abbey Hospital and the Iveagh Centre have now received life support training. The training is also now available to staff working within the community adult and children’s learning disability service. The team is now exploring opportunities to develop information sessions on life support for service users.

RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year 2013

The overall title of RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year 2013 went to Geraldine Browne, Home manager, Silverdale Care Home, Castlederg.

See the full list of winners.