Patient’s Choice: The inspirational nurses nominated by the public

The award enables patients and their families to recognise nurses who have made a difference in their lives

Last year’s Patient’s Choice winners (from left) Alison Cairns, Caroline McCloskey and
Bridgeen Canning of the Altnagelvin Renal Home Therapies Team, Altnagelvin Renal Unit.
Picture: Presseye

Voting opens on 1 May to choose the winner of one of nursing’s most prestigious accolades – the Patient’s Choice category of the RCNi Nurse Awards.

The award enables members of the public to thank a nurse, midwife, health visitor, healthcare assistant or assistant practitioner who has provided exceptional care. Voting is open to everyone.

Five inspirational nurses have been chosen as finalists this year from scores of nominations by patients.

Read more about our Patient’s Choice finalists below, or click here to vote

Above and beyond

Those who nominated the finalists include a young woman diagnosed with cancer while at university and a teenager whose mental health key worker has supported her towards recovery.

A bereaved husband and a bereaved wife both nominated their district nurse for going above and beyond for them, and a group of men put forward their practice nurse for helping to secure a place for them to meet socially, access health checks and enjoy meaningful activities.

The fifth patient describes how her practice nurse helped her to overcome the mental and physical scars from a car accident and have a ‘normal life’.

RCNi editorial director Graham Scott and Patients Association chief executive Rachel Power shortlisted the five finalists.

Show us who you think deserves to win

Mr Scott said: ‘There are thousands of nurses changing lives with the outstanding care that they give to people of all ages, from every walk of life.

‘These five inspirational nurses might all say that they are just doing their job but the impact they have made on their patients is enormous, and all have gone the extra mile to make a difference to people at the most difficult time of their lives.

‘We hope the public will show us who they think deserves to win by taking part in the vote.’

Voting closes at midnight on 14 June, and the winner will be announced at the RCNi Nurse Awards ceremony in London on 3 July.


Elaine Cole is RCNi special projects editor

The Patient’s Choice award is supported by the Patients Association