When Ann Marie Pryde, assistant practitioner on the neonatal unit at The James Cook University Hospital, won the trust’s coveted Nightingale award earlier this year, she described her “shock”.
In her mind, there were so many others nurses and midwives who deserved the title just as much – if not more – than her.
But despite her phenomenal efforts writing a book for siblings of poorly babies on the neonatal unit, alongside her day to day role as an award-winning healthcare assistant, her reaction typifies the nature of the selfless nursing and midwifery staff across South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
And with nominations for our annual Nightingale Awards now open again for 2017, we’re looking to hear more stories from patients or their relatives about exceptional nurses and midwives.Nominate now!
Jayne Mudd, a nurse consultant at The James Cook University Hospital involved in co-ordinating the 2017 event, said: “Every year at our NightingaleAwards, which take place in May around the time of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, we are reminded of the dedication and selfless nature of our nurses and midwives, who go above and beyond the call of duty every day to provide the best care for our patients.
“It is always a very uplifting event, featuring touching patient stories – which remind us all of why we came into the profession in the first place – and every single nurse who is shortlisted for a prize has given something very special to the patient or patients who have nominated them.”
While Ann Marie was the overall Nightingale Award winner, winners from other categories earlier this year included Northallerton Community Nursing Team, who won the Community Award for helping a patient to fulfil her wish to die at home, and Kim Barstow, who helped to organise the wedding of a terminally ill patient. She received the Staff Nursing Award.Nominate now!
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.
But as well as rewarding our nurses, the event is also educational and provides an opportunity to come together and explore new themes in modern nursing.
Jayne said: “Last year we looked at nurses’ roles in research and development and want to encourage more of our nursing staff to become involved in research. This year we are placing the emphasis on excellent examples of truly patient centred care.
“We’re already receiving lots of very deserving nominations from patients but would like to encourage any patients or their relatives who have time over the festive season to acknowledge any outstanding care they have received in our hospitals or in the community by nominating their Nightingale.”
Nominate your Nightingale here.