After winning the RCNi Nurse of the Year award you can highlight what youre passionate about, says Amanda Burston.
I spent a wonderful evening at the Savoy Hotel in London for the RCNi Nurse Awards last year. University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust domestic abuse awareness team, which is based in the emergency department (ED) at the Royal Stoke Hospital, was a finalist in the Innovations in Practice category.
The project, the Safer Steps service, helps people attending EDs as a result of domestic abuse. When it was announced we had won, team members were thrilled, and we accepted the award on behalf of everyone who has experienced domestic abuse.
The ceremony recognises and celebrates the achievements of nurses who go above and beyond the call of duty for their patients, and whose innovations make a difference to patient care.
At the end of the evening, an overall RCN Nurse of the Year is announced. With so many amazing projects, individuals and teams, I was not expecting to hear my name announced. It would be fair to say I was shocked beyond belief.
This article was first published in print in Emergency Nurse: volume 24, issue 1