International Nurses’ Day was marked at the Trust last Friday (10 May), with celebration events at St George’s and Queen Mary’s.

Avey Bhatia, Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention and Control, addressed a packed Hyde Park Room at St George’s to wish everyone a happy International Nurses’ Day. She then introduced guest speaker Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

At Queen Mary’s, staff celebrated with a tea party, quiz and bake off competition.

Award winners

This year there were six awards up for grabs and over 60 nominations received.

Congratulations to our winners!

Donna Morgan, Nurse of the Year

Donna’s nominator said: “Donna Morgan has been ward manager on Champneys Ward for over two years. She has demonstrated the true meaning of nursing with compassion, enthusiasm and a real desire to lead by example. As a ward manager she has provided excellent leadership for her team and excellent nursing care for her patients.”

Paediatric Emergency Department, Team of the Year

The team’s nominator said: “On a daily basis and under extreme pressure, they demonstrate exemplary professionalism while delivering consistent patient centred care. They not only care for the patient, they provide holistic care for the whole family.”

Ruel Hernandez, Healthcare Support Worker of the Year

Ruel’s nominator said: “Rual is an outstanding member of the team. He is such an aid to the nursing and medical staff. He is so fantastic, he knows what you need before you do. He is a loved member of the team, a pleasure to work with and we are extremely lucky that he works on NICU.”

Connor Christie, Preceptor of the Year

Connor’s nominator said: “Connor has been a constant source of support for me as a newly qualified nurse. He went above and beyond to ensure that I was supported throughout my first six months and made a huge effort to make time for completion of preceptorship within that time.”

Michelle Skehill, Mentor of the Year

Michelle’s nominator said: “Michelle made sure that I had a hands-on experience during my six week time in ADU and my clinical experience has expanded. She consistently challenged me to go beyond my skills and supported me to make sure that I was competent and confident in them.”

Chloe Jarvis, Midwife of the Year

Chloe’s nominator said: “Chloe is an absolute delight to work with. She is passionate about providing low risk birth centre care to women and she is constantly receiving positive feedback from the families she cares for.”