Time to celebrate the best in child health nursing

Nominations are now open for the 2018 RCNi Nurse Awards.

The search for the best of the best in child health nursing is underway with the launch of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2018, the profession’s top accolade

The 2017 Child Health Award winner Drew McDonald at the event. Picture: Barney Newman

The awards celebrate nursing excellence, offering nurses, midwives, health visitors, students and support workers a chance to nominate a colleague or team for their outstanding contribution to care, or share their own excellent practice.

The categories include the Child Health Award, supported by Nursing Children and Young People.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster, London, on July 4, when the prestigious RCN Nurse of the Year, chosen from the category winners, will be unveiled.

Paediatric emergency nurse Drew McDonald won the child health category in the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017.

The senior staff nurse developed a clear and easy-to-use sepsis recognition tool for triage, which takes 20 seconds to complete, and successfully implemented it at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.

Once the tool was embedded, Mr McDonald worked on implementing it in the paediatric assessment unit, as well as promoting the tool nationally.

'Unforgettable experience'

‘The RCNi Nurse Awards was a great experience,’ he says. ‘The whole process – from receiving the shortlisting to the end of the ceremony was an excellent journey, and one I will never forget.’

He has found winning has given him a platform to raise awareness of sepsis.

‘Many centres have got in contact with us and we are helping in any way we can,’ says Mr McDonald.

‘Spreading the word and trying to improve sepsis management is so important to me and the award has helped me gain strength and the confidence to spread the word faster.’

You can find out more about the RCNi Nurse Awards here

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