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RCN Nurse of the Year 2020 revealed at virtual ceremony

Innovative nurse set up a project to support and educate young people at risk of knife crime

Innovative nurse set up a project to support and educate young people at risk of knife crime

RCN Nurse of the Year 2020 Ana Waddington

Ana Waddington has been named the RCN Nurse of the Year 2020 for her work helping young people deal with the impact of youth violence.

The announcement was made this evening as part of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020 ceremony, held virtually this year for the first time.

Helping those at risk from violent crime

The emergency department sister at the Royal London Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust, was named the winner of our Innovations in Your Specialty category earlier this week.

Innovative nurse set up a project to support and educate young people at risk of knife crime

RCN Nurse of the Year 2020 Ana Waddington

Ana Waddington has been named the RCN Nurse of the Year 2020 for her work helping young people deal with the impact of youth violence.

The announcement was made this evening as part of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020 ceremony, held virtually this year for the first time.

Helping those at risk from violent crime

The emergency department sister at the Royal London Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust, was named the winner of our Innovations in Your Specialty category earlier this week.

Ms Waddington was recognised for her work in setting up YourStance, a project established in 2018 to support and educate young people who are at risk of violent crime. Participants learn about:

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • Haemorrhage control.
  • Consequences of knife-related injuries.

Ms Waddington said: ‘Becoming the RCN Nurse of the Year is a huge privilege. I hope it will show other nurses that there are a vast number of opportunities out there, and if you have a passion for an idea, you can do it.’

Work ‘should replicated across the health sector’

The YourStance team consists of 150 volunteer members, including nurses, doctors and paramedics from across London.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the team had delivered 23 sessions and reached more than 400 young people.

RCN deputy president Yvonne Coghill, chair of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020 judging panel, said: ‘I was totally blown away by Ana. Her work teaching young people what to do after someone has been the victim of knife crime is revolutionary and should be replicated across the health sector.

‘Ana is so professional, innovative and hardworking. She deserves to be named RCN Nurse of the Year.’

Congratulations to all winners and finalists

RCN general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair said each entry ‘speaks of ability and achievement’ and highlighted how important it was to celebrate nursing amid the pandemic and in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

‘It is a real pleasure to congratulate Ana Waddington as RCN Nurse of the Year, and the other winners, as well as all the other entrants who have so much to be so proud of,’ Professor Kinnair said.

The other category award winners (and sponsors) are:

Innovations in Your Specialty Award (Sponsored by Impelsys)

Winner: Ana Waddington (RCN Nurse of the Year 2020), Barts Health NHS Trust

Advanced Nursing Practice Award (Sponsored by the RCN)

Winner: Rosa Ungpakorn, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Nursing Support Worker Award (Sponsored by the RCN)

Winner: Rea Pugh-Davies, Swansea Bay University Health Board

Commitment to Carers Award (Sponsored by NHS England)

Winner: Admiral Nurse service, represented by Kerry Lyons, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Nursing Student Award (Sponsored by the Nursing and Midwifery Council)

Winner: Temitope Babajide, Anglia Ruskin University

Learning Disability Nursing Award (Supported by Learning Disability Practice)

Winner: Healthcare Parc Prison team, G4S Healthcare

Child Health Award (Supported by Nursing Children and Young People)

Winner: Giselle Padmore-Payne, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Team of the Year Award (Sponsored by LV)

Winner: Care homes assessment team, represented by Melanie Pettitt, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Mental Health Nursing Award (Supported by Mental Health Practice)

Winner: Geoff Brennan, Star Wards

Excellence in Cancer Research Nursing Award (Sponsored by Cancer Research UK)

Winner: Ben Hood, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

General Practice and Community Nursing Award (Sponsored by NHS England)

Winner: Marie Roberts, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Patient's Choice Award (Sponsored by Nursing Standard)

Winner: Isobel Corrie, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust


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