RCNi Nurse Awards 2017: Voting now open in Patient's Choice category

Voting is now open for the Patient’s Choice category of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017, the profession’s top accolade for nursing excellence

The award, sponsored by Yakult, enables members of the public to thank a nurse, midwife, health visitor, healthcare assistant or assistant practitioner who has delivered exceptional care and made a real difference to their or a loved one's health care.

The shortlisted nurses who have been put forward for the public vote are:

Joanna O'Toole, respiratory specialist nurse, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lesley Chan nominated her daughter’s ‘wonderful and courageous’ respiratory specialist nurse for the comfort, support and compassion she has shown the family, even while terminally ill.

Respiratory specialist nurse, Joanna O'Toole

Karen Coutts, deputy ward sister, mental health, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Alexandra Elkington nominated ‘exceptional’ Karen and tireless work to help her cope with her dissociative identity disorder diagnosis: ‘She saved my life – and taught me how to save myself.’

Deputy ward sister, Karen Coutts and Alexandra Elkington

Nadine MacArthur, community mental health nurse, NHS Grampian

Jo Mullen said her community mental health nurse has made her feel empowered and independent by encouraging her to develop and deliver resources explaining her borderline personality disorder diagnosis.

Community mental health nurse, Nadine MacArthur with Jo Mullen

Sarah Moody, eating disorder specialist nurse, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Hannah nominated her eating disorder specialist nurse ‘for going above and beyond, giving me life and helping me believe I deserved it’. This year Hannah graduates – as a nurse.

Eating disorder specialist nurse, Sarah Moody with Hannah

Sian Bodman, senior diabetes nurse, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Sian has been nominated on ‘behalf of so many patients and families’ who she has cared for, educated, inspired and supported through their diabetes and doggedly working to improve care.

Senior diabetes nurse, Sian Bodman with Lynne Lewis

RCNi editorial director Graham Scott and Patients’ Association chief executive Katherine Murphy shortlisted the five finalists.

Mr Scott said: ‘Here are five inspirational nurses and five examples of outstanding care that all deserve an award. Typically, these modest nurses would say they are just doing their job, but it is clear from the testimonies that they have each made an enormous difference to the lives of those who nominated them. What a fantastic showcase of the profession.

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

Voting closes on 28 April and the winner will be announced at the prestigious RCNi Nurse Awards on 5 May.

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