A community nursing team who helped fulfil a patient’s wish to die at home, a nurse who organised a wedding for a terminally ill patient and another who wrote a book for siblings about their little brother or sister’s stay in the neonatal unit.
These are just a few examples of care and compassion above and beyond the call of duty recognised at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s annual Nightingale Awards.
Winners from the event, which has been a highlight of the nursing calendar at the trust since 2004, are released today, as nurses and midwifes around the world celebrate International Nurses Day .
They include this year’s overall Nightingale Award winner Ann Marie Pryde, an assistant practitioner on the neonatal unit at The James Cook University Hospital, who was nominated by colleagues Sue Thompson and Jane Hall.
Modest Ann Marie, who also picked up the award for best Healthcare Assistant at the event, said: “I’m shocked. We have heard lots of lovely stories throughout the day who are all more than deserving winners.
“Good nursing is all down to teamwork – it’s not just one individual. If it wasn’t for the whole team effort that sees everyone pulling together, none of our wards or hospitals would be able to exist.”
But Sue, who nominated Ann Marie, said she ensures the team sees projects through to the very end.
“Good nursing is all down to teamwork – it’s not just one individual.”
Ann Marie Pryde – Trust Nightingale Awards winner
She said: “With Ann Marie, you have a conversation and a spark of an idea suddenly changes into a project – a lot of which she works on in her own time.
“Within a few months, she has it completed and it is being implemented on the unit.
“Ann Marie is always looking at how she can improve things for families and everything she has done has had a really positive impact on them.”
Her work in the past year has included working with a colleague on a stoma care plan for babies who have returned to the unit after they have undergone bowel surgery in Newcastle.
The plan, which is tailored to every individual baby, means families can now feel confident caring for their son or daughter both on the unit and after they have been discharged.Ann Marie has also put together a Family Guide, as well as a booklet for siblings of poorly babies on the unit, who, like mum and dad, may also be going through a stressful time.
Sue explained the book includes puzzles, photos of equipment on the unit with explanations and a page where children can write down their feelings and any questions they might have.
“This also becomes a tool parents can use as they might put things down on paper that they aren’t vocalising,” said Sue.
Other Nightingale Award winners included Kim Barstow, who helped to organise the wedding of a terminally ill patient and was named winner of the Staff Nursing award.Student nurse Samuel Woodhouse and Jo Tye, paediatric nurse were also recognised for their outstanding work over the past year, alongside midwife Emily Williams, military nurse Corporal Natasha Sinclair and nurse mentor Sue Beech.
Beverley Rodgers was named Matron Award winner and Naomi Biggs won the Friends of the Friarage award.
Lydia Bussey picked up the Sister’s award, while Lynne Young was the Senior nursing award winner.
Ward Five at The James Cook University Hospital scooped two gongs, the Teams award and the McCormack award.Meanwhile, the Northallerton Community Nursing Team, received the Community award for their outstanding care of a patient in her own home in her final days.
Nicky Hand, lead cancer nurse who organised the awards alongside Lynne Paterson, neonatal nurse consultant, said: “The patient stories are always phenomenal – those are the ones that nurse, midwives and health visitors find the most inspiring.
“But this is an educational as well as a celebratory event and with this year’s theme of research and evidence-based practice, we wanted to try to dispel the myths that research is boring and means sitting in a classroom.
“It’s about exploring a question on how to help patients and families during the course of your everyday work and nurses, who tend to be research shy, can have a tremendous part to play.”
Gill Hunt, Director of Nursing, said: “It was a huge honour and a privilege to hear the many stories demonstrating how our nurses and midwives go above and beyond the call of duty for our patients every day.
“I am pleased to be able to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate them for their hard work and commitment throughout the year.”