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Winners of the 2015 Nursing Standard Nurse Awards appear on TV chat show

Five nurses who won the Nursing Standard Nurse Awards earlier this month were interviewed on the Paul O'Grady Show on ITV 1

RCN Nurse of the Year 2015 Amanda Burston was joined by four other Nursing Standard award winners on ITV1’s Paul O’Grady Show yesterday to celebrate International Nurses' Day.

Paul O'Grady ShowL-R: (Standing) Amanda Burston, Gillian Robinson, Dorcas Gwata. (Seated) Danny Dyer, Tanya Strange, Sarah Hartfree. Picture credit: ITV


The show, which is broadcast on weekdays at 5pm, featured Mr O’Grady talking to Ms Burston, Patient’s Choice Award winner Sarah Hartfree, Mental Health Award winner Dorcas Gwata, Enhancing the Experience of Care Award winner Tanya Strange and Child Health Award winner Gillian Robinson.

Ms Burston, who spearheaded a domestic violence service in an emergency department, told Mr O’Grady she wanted to raise awareness and improve nurse training on domestic abuse, adding: ‘I love my job'.

Ms Hartfree, a paediatric rheumatology specialist nurse, described her work in helping children and young people with arthritis.

‘They live each day with a chronic illness and pain, yet they never moan, and when they smile I get so much joy. My focus is to make sure their illness and disease is in their back pocket so that they can get on and do the things they want to do. If I do that, I know I am doing my job.’

On learning what the nurses' work involves and what they won the awards for, Mr O’Grady said: 'Just seeing the incredible and valuable work you do is humbling.'

The show also included footage of a pre-recorded interview with Gabrielle Archer, the person who nominated Ms Hartfree for the Patient’s Choice Award. Ms Archer’s daughter Isabella was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis aged just one.

Ms Archer said of Sarah: ‘She is determined to make sure chronic illness is not the child’s identity. Isabella’s condition could be a horrendous journey, but it is not because we have got Sarah.’

To see the nurses being interviewed, visit ITV Player and the nurses appear about 19 minutes into the show.

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