The evening was themed around the RCN’s UK Centenary and was a fantastic success. Awards were given out in 17 categories, including a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Wales Nurse of the Year Award, commending a range of nursing practice in Wales.
In celebrating the Centenary of the RCN, two special recognition awards were given out on the night including the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Award given to Professor Jean White, the current CNO for Wales. Michele Pengelly received a Centenary Patient’s Award for her care of a cancer patient while working as a nurse at Velindre NHS Trust in Cardiff.
Tina Donnelly CBE, TD, DL, Director of the RCN in Wales, said: “Sian has an exceptional leader in the field of child health. Her work has empowered her patients and their families and improved their quality of life.”
Every day nurses care for patients and communities, making a positive difference in the lives of many. These compassionate and competent nurses are a credit to the field of health care and their efforts deserve recognition. The RCN in Wales is committed to honoring nurses whose dedication and achievements have contributed to the nursing profession. I would like to extend my congratulations not just to Sian but to all the award winners and shortlisted nominees.”
Sian Thomas, RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year 2016, said: “I feel very honoured to be a children’s nurse and work with families and multi-agency staff to make a real difference to children and their families. In the modern health care arena, we as nurses need to develop innovative solutions to complex situations.”
“I feel extreme pride both professionally and personally. Being awarded this title enables the sharing of knowledge and experience about our initiative and to support other nurses in their practice.”
The Rt Hon. Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales, said: “Congratulations to Sian Thomas on this well-deserved award. By going the extra mile she has made a real difference to the lives of many children in Wales, helping them to overcome the barriers they face and achieve their full potential. Everyone involved in our health service has an invaluable role to play, but nurses truly are on the front line. Their dedication and commitment does not go unnoticed and I speak on behalf of the people of Wales when I say thank you for the professionalism and personal commitment they show each and every day.”
For a full list of winners and runners-up take a look at our full press release.