Our previous RCN Nursing Awards winners sharing best practice

We want you to share experiences of innovative nursing-led projects and inspiring nursing practice so we can highlight the remarkable accomplishments of you and your colleagues in every care setting and at every career stage. We can share your practice with a wider audience, so even more people can benefit from what you do.

RCN Nurse of the Year 2021 shares her experience of tackling her fears – and why you should embrace failure

Despite her achievements, which saw her named RCN Nurse of the Year in 2021, Ms Bailey still experiences imposter syndrome. She explains in the podcast how she seeks to reduce this feeling of inadequacy, ask for help when needed, and influence and lead change.

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RCN Nurse of the Year 2021 Nicola Bailey

Gloves off: greener infection control with just one small change

RCN Nursing Award winner Robert Vicente’s campaign showed how reducing disposable glove use can save healthcare providers money without jeopardising patient safety. As deputy charge nurse on an infectious disease ward, Robert Vicente was looking for ways to save money and reduce his workplace’s environmental impact. Robert was the winner for the Greener Nursing Practice category of the RCN Nursing Awards 2022, sponsored by Greener NHS.

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RCN Nursing Award 2022 winner Robert Vicente

Building trust with young people affected by knife crime 

2020 RCN Nurse of the Year Ana Waddington explained how she set up the YourStance outreach programme to support vulnerable young people.

In the Nursing Standard podcast, Ms Waddington talks about how she engages with the young people most at-risk of knife crime, and how she has inspired some of them to enter the NHS. She also explains how her work with YourStance has improved her communication skills with the young people she treats in emergency departments.

  Nursing Standard podcast: building trust with young people affected by knife crime 

RCN Nurse of the Year 2020 Ana Waddington

How to switch off and unwind after a nursing shift

Anna Waddington speaks about activities that help her decompress such as taking a walk whilst listening to a comedy podcast, and explains how important it is for nurses to set aside time every week to practise their own version of self-care.

  Nursing Standard podcast: how to switch off and unwind after a nursing shift

Advanced nurse practitioner Rosa Ungpakorn talks about her award-winning clinical outreach project

In 2020, Rosa Ungpakorn won the Advanced Nursing Practice category of the then RCNi Nurse Awards for this work. Rosa talks about how her award-winning outreach project which provides care to homeless people works.

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RCN Nursing Award 2020 winner Rosa Ungpakorn

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Reflecting and celebrating our previous RCN Nursing Awards winners, we take a look back at the previous RCN Nursing Awards winners who have gone on to achieve further success.

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