Many nurses are too quick to see what they do as ‘just my job’, not worth a special mention. But maybe it’s time to think again and nominate yourself or a deserving colleague for this year’s RCN awards.
In 2016 I won ‘Nurse of the Year’ in the RCNi awards. The team I work with at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust won in the ‘Innovations in your Specialty’ category. Originally, I nominated the team just because I thought we all deserved recognition for our work. We developed a holistic approach to getting patients both physically and psychologically fit for surgery. This includes getting patients to the gym to exercise.
I wasn’t expecting to get very far so it was fantastic just to be shortlisted. We felt pride in being able to tell colleagues and patients. We still didn’t expect to win, but when we did it was really brilliant. We felt that other people recognised the value of our work too.
Winning a team award, as well as the individual award for me personally, has opened up doors. When we talked about our approach before, people would look at us as if we were crazy.
But now we have a platform to share something that we know has immense potential across a wide range of specialties. We can say, “This programme’s won this award and it’s got a nurse of the year award”. It makes people stop and think, “Maybe there’s something in this”.
So why not think again? Maybe if you nominate yourself, your team or a colleague something unexpected and exciting might happen.
Read more about the RCNi awards 2018 and how to nominate yourself or a colleague.