Professor Heather Jarman, Consultant Nurse for Emergency Care at St George’s, has been announced as a finalist in the 2018 RCNi Nurse Awards, the UK’s most prestigious nursing accolade.

This year saw the highest number of nominations in its 31 year history with over 700 entries whittled down to five finalists per category – of which there are 14 in total.

Our Emergency Department’s Research Nursing Team nominated Professor Jarman in the Emergency Nursing Award category.

Professor Jarman said: “It was such a lovely surprise to hear I’d been shortlisted – I didn’t even realise that the team had nominated me! It’s an honour to be selected, so I’m looking forward to the awards ceremony and meeting with other finalists too.”

The RCNi Nurse Awards identify and celebrate nurses who, every day, go above and beyond to save lives, provide outstanding care for patients and transform nursing practice for the better.

Professor Jarman secured funding and created a flourishing research unit in our Emergency Department. The unit has expanded to a team of four nursing whole time equivalents and a research fellow, providing cover from 8am to 10pm every day.

Professor Jarman trains and mentors novice researchers, and supports consultants and nurses to enable them to become principal investigators. Nurses have the opportunity to become active in research, recruiting patients and doing follow-ups. The unit’s growing reputation has resulted in approaches from international research teams to join studies.

Rachel Armitage, Managing Director at RCNi, said: “The RCNi panel of professional judges voted Heather Jarman as a finalist because of her incredible story and because of the impact she has had within emergency nursing. With the nursing shortage high on the national agenda, it’s important that we give nurses like Heather the recognition they deserve, and we look forward to celebrating her work at the awards in July.”

The hunt for Britain’s nursing heroes started in December 2017, led by Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, and will culminate in an awards ceremony on 4 July.

Kate Garraway, RCNi Nurse Awards Ambassador 2018, said: “The 2018 RCNi Nurse Award Finalists are all incredible. So often nurses don’t get the recognition they deserve and I can’t wait to celebrate their hard work and dedication at the ceremony in July – if it was up to me I’d crown them all as winners.”

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