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The winner of a prestigious award in which patients nominate a nurse whose care has had an enormous impact on their lives will be decided by a public vote that opened at midnight.

Patient's choice

The four outstanding nurses shortlisted in the Patient's Choice category of the Nursing Standard Nurse Awards 2015

Four finalists in the Yakult Patient's Choice Award have been selected from more than 100 nominations for the Nursing Standard Nurse Award. The moving and inspirational stories of excellent care feature nurses from student to specialist, adult and child specialties, working in mental and physical health, in the acute sector and out in the community.

The public vote will close on April 29, and the winner announced at the Nurse Awards 2015 ceremony at The Savoy hotel in London on May 1.

Louise Barrett was nominated by a young woman who met the University of Surrey nursing student as a 15-year-old teenager after an attempted suicide. Holly Jackson says her nurse has always been there for her whenever she has been admitted to hospital and has given her the strength to carry on living. Louises patience also helped Holly, who has autism, express herself to the people caring for her.

Mum Gabrielle Archer nominated childrens nurse specialist Sarah Hartfree who helped her through the 'darkest hours after her daughters juvenile arthritis diagnosis aged just one. In her spare time, Sarah, who works for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, organises parent education sessions, family fun days and has raised tens of thousands of pounds for equipment and to raise awareness of the condition.

Kelly Hayes, a community psychiatric nurse at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, has been nominated by client Susan Emmerson for supporting her through her mental illness and helping her achieve her dream of becoming an occupational therapist. When I first failed my exam Kelly picked me up and helped me put myself back together again, says Susan. I wouldnt be alive today if it wasnt for her.

Bereavement nurse specialist Melanie McDougall supported Tracy Mattison after her twin sister died. Melanie comforted her in the early stages of her grief, ensured she had treasured keepsakes to remember her sister by and encouraged Tracy and her son to build positive memories of their beloved sister and aunt. In her spare time Melanie, who works for Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, accompanied Tracy to appointments where she addressed longstanding childhood issues.

Nursing Standard editor Graham Scott said: Here are four outstanding nurses, four heartwarming stories of outstanding care and four extremely grateful service users. The line-up of our Patient's Choice award this year is arguably stronger than ever.

We hope all our readers will show us who they think deserves the accolade by taking part in our vote.

How to vote

Voting is open until 29th April, and you can vote online, by text or telephone.

To vote by phone
Call 0845 6530195* and select:
A Louise Barrett
B Sarah Hartfree
C Kelly Hayes
D Melanie McDougall

To vote by text
Send the word NURSE followed by a space and the nominee's letter A, B, C or D to 81025 **

To vote online and read more about the nominees
Go to www.nurseawards.co.uk/740

*Call costs vary according to the callers network
** Texts are charged at normal network rates

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