Staff nurse Sarah Brooks has landed this year’s prized Nightingale award for her outstanding contribution to patient care.
Sarah, who works on the neonatal unit at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, also took home the award for staff nurse of the year, to make it a double celebration for the 34 year-old from Marton.
On picking up the award, a shell-shocked, but delighted Sarah said: “I just can’t believe it. I was delighted to have received a nomination for the awards and when I heard my name read out for the staff nurse award I was stunned.
“When I later heard my name read out as the overall Nightingale winner I just sat there dumbfounded. I still can’t believe it’s happened to me. I’m still speechless and that is a first.”
“The last thing I won was a colouring competition when I was four and I think my dad did most of that! I’m totally overwhelmed.”
Matron Gill Hendry, assistant practitioner Annette Henderson and charge nurse Joe McGregor also picked up two awards each from the 15 categories this year.
Organised by the nurse and midwifery consultants at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the annual awards showcase those who make the extra effort and go that ‘extra mile’ in delivering exceptional patient care, over and above their duty.
The recognition scheme, now in its 11th year, is held annually around Florence Nightingale’s birthday and the category winners were:
- Michael Jukes – student of the year
- Annette Henderson – healthcare assistant of the year
- Sarah Brooks – staff nurse/midwife of the year
- Joe McGregor – charge nurse of the year
- Gill Hendry – senior nurse/midwife of the year
- A&E at James Cook – team of the year
- Rosie Dawson – midwifery award
- Major Zoe Thompson – military award
- Jan Pearson – The McCormack patients award
- Joe McGregor – Friends of the Friarage award
- Annette Henderson – community award
- Cathy Brammer – paediatric award
- Dianne Robinson – mentors award
- Gill Hendry – matron award
- Angela Hall and Cheryl Honeyman – poster winners
- Sarah Brooks – overall Nightingale award winner for 2015