Editorial

Five worthy finalists for our Patient’s Choice award

The RCNi Nurse Awards are the only awards that give patients the opportunity to choose their own nurse of the year

The RCNi Nurse Awards are not only the most prestigious accolades in nursing, they are also the only awards that give patients the opportunity to choose their own nurse of the year. 

This week we reveal the shortlist for the 2017 RCNi Patient’s Choice award, and choosing between the final five will be as challenging as ever.

Exceptional care

First up is Karen Coutts from Lancashire, who was nominated by service user Alexandra Elkington for helping her come to terms with a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder, almost certainly saving Alexandra’s life.

Sian Bodman, who works at the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and was put forward by Lynne Lewis, has transformed care for people with diabetes by inspiring colleagues and ensuring patients and carers receive better support.

Respiratory nurse Joanna O’Toole was nominated by the mother of a young patient in Manchester who has a rare syndrome and is profoundly deaf and partially sighted. Jo’s story is all the more remarkable because she has a terminal illness herself.

Nadine MacArthur, a community mental health nurse in Elgin, empowered service users including her nominator, Jo Mullen, through a self-awareness programme that has been delivered across Scotland.

And eating disorder specialist nurse Sarah Moody helped a young woman with chronic anorexia overcome a whole host of mental health issues. Thanks to Sarah’s care, Hannah is now planning her wedding and graduating as a nurse herself.

Good luck to all five, any one of whom would be a worthy winner.

To read our finalists’ stories click here

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