Sharon Chevin’s work to improve patient care in the community won her a place on the shortlist of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2016.
The trainee assistant practitioner at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, is a finalist in the Nursing Assistant category, sponsored by the RCN.
Sharon says: ‘I have had butterflies in my stomach since finding out I had been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. I feel really proud. I don’t need to win an award, I love doing my job and that’s reward enough.’
Sharon works in the community and has ensured she has the knowledge and confidence to deliver the best evidence-based practice and patient-centered care.
She takes part in care planning and ongoing assessments and has completed medicines management training. She is able to administer a range of patient-specific medications, including injections.
As her team’s infection prevention control link nurse she carries out monthly audits and implements all hand hygiene training. She helps orientate new staff and nursing students when they join her team.
Sharon says: ‘Community nursing is as holistic as it gets and there is always the bigger picture to consider. I am never going on a visit for example, just to change a simple dressing, give an injection, perform a routine catheter change or remove clips or sutures.
‘I am making every contact count, observing, communicating, reassuring and teasing out the elements to try to ensure all patients have the best outcome and that they are involved in all aspects of their care.
‘I am a central point of access to referrals and information for patients, their family and carers, but above all I deliver a high level of compassionate, dignified professional care of which I am proud.’
District nurse Helen Jones is Sharon’s line manager. She says Sharon is passionate about her job, adding: ‘She is an excellent member of the team. She is thorough, systematic and gives very good, holistic care.’
About the sponsor
Royal College of Nursing
In 2016 the Royal College of Nursing celebrates a centenary as the voice of the profession. From its original educational and professional objectives, the college has grown into the largest professional union for nursing with more than 430,000 members including nurses, midwives, healthcare support workers and students. It continues to campaign across the UK and internationally, influencing policy and practice for the benefit of nursing staff and their patients. Sponsoring the Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award tonight is just part of the college’s commitment to supporting nursing excellence for 100 years more.