Our nursing heroes have been unveiled ahead of International Nurses Day this Friday, after being honoured honoured at the 14th annual Nightingale Awards at Middlesbrough FC’s Riverside Stadium.
Kelly Rowe’s exemplary service to paediatric care since 1996, and the many innovations she has introduced as a specialist diabetes nurse saw her named overall winner of the Nightingales, as well as the best Senior Nurse and winner of the Paediatric Award.
Other notable winners included Allerton Ward at The Friarage Hospital, which picked up the team of the year and Friends of The Friarage gongs and Ruth Hodgson, neurosurgical high dependency sister, who picked up two awards – the Sister and Matron Awards. Cpl Natasha Balyckyi also picked up two awards, the best Staff Nurse and the McCormack Award. All three of these awards followed heartfelt nominations by patients.
Overall Nightingale winner Kelly said she was “overwhelmed” by her triple win, but former colleague Alison Murray, also a paediatric diabetes specialist nurse, said it was well-deserved for the “passion” she has shown in her role over many years.
Alison is sad to say Kelly has now left the Trust to work as a lecturer at Teesside University.
But it is a role Kelly sees as helping the nurses of the future be the best they can.
Kelly, who started her own nurse training in 1993, said: “I only left James Cook because I want to inspire the next generation of nurses.
“I am just over the moon to receive these awards.”
Jeanette Cramer took the Mentor Award, as student nurses praised her “motivating, inspiring and enthusiastic” nature, which makes her a nurse that they themselves “aspire to be like”.
And Yasmin Osborne was named student nurse of the year for her mature approach to work on the paediatric day unit during her second year placement.
Clare Elstob was named Healthcare Assistant of the year for the “care, empathy, patience, support, respect and compassion” she shows “every single patient” on the Ward 9 medical respiratory team at James Cook, where she is an “asset”.
And Michelle Jefcott received the honour of being named Midwife of the Year for the “unquestionable dedication and passion she still has after being a midwife since 1988”.
Lance Corporal Hayley, a healthcare assistant with the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corp received a special military award highlighting her excellent clinical leadership performance within Critical Care in the past year.
Gill Hunt, the Trust’s Director of Nursing said she was “proud” and “delighted” to be able to present our exceptional nurses with their awards.
She said: “These awards recognise those nurses who go above and beyond the call of duty as they strive to provide the highest standards of patient care across our Trust – and we are proud to call them our colleagues.”