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RCN in Wales launches Nurse of the Year Awards 2015

13 Apr 2015

Today, Tina Donnelly, Director, RCN Wales launched the RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year Awards for 2015 at Spire Cardiff Hospital.

At the launch it was confirmed that a celebratory gala dinner, at which the winners of this year’s awards will be announced and prizes awarded, will be held on Thursday 19 November 2015 at the prestigious venue of City Hall, Cardiff.

The Royal College of Nursing in Wales Nurse of the Year Awards are a fantastic opportunity to offer recognition for nurses who demonstrate excellence in practice. We created the awards three years ago to highlight Welsh nursing’s best and brightest talents. Nurses can be nominated for the awards by peers, teams, managers, patients and the general public. The nominated nurses must demonstrate a passion for the nursing profession and exemplify distinction in care, leadership, service and innovation. The winners are selected by panels of judges, for a total of 16 awards (including Wales Nurse of the Year), made up of distinguished nursing leaders and experts in their fields of practice and research.

Tina Donnelly, said: “I am thrilled to be launching the RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year Awards for its fourth consecutive year. Each year we are delighted to receive hundreds of applications that have proven what we already know - nurses in Wales are delivering excellent and innovative care to patients on a daily basis. The standard of applicants has been the highest of calibre year-on-year and once again we are ready to welcome nominations from those who wish to celebrate the hard work and commitment of their colleagues, or their carers.”

Veronica Jarman, Wales Nurse of the Year 2014, attended the launch and shared her thoughts on the awards, saying: “Being awarded the title of Wales Nurse of the Year 2014 is an accolade that has provided me so many opportunities during the past five months - I’ve attended political events, been featured in national and nursing media and spoken at high-profile events. These opportunities haven’t just been personally enjoyable, but have allowed me to discuss my nursing agenda with influential individuals and highlight the excellent work of my team. I would urge anyone who recognises something exceptional in an individual working as part of the nursing family in Wales to nominate them, so they too can make the most of the opportunities these prestigious awards can afford them.”

Gaynor Jones, Chair of the RCN Welsh Board and RCN Council Member for Wales, said of the awards: “As a practicing nurse working at the frontline of care, I see the pressures and strains facing the nursing workforce on a daily basis. However, these individuals carry on, with one goal in mind - to improve the lives of their patients and provide the highest standards of care. The selfless nature of these individuals is the exact reason why the RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year Awards are so important - celebrating the hard work of those who, we hear each year, are simply ‘doing their job’.”

“I am proud to be a nurse in Wales. Show your pride in the profession by nominating someone who exemplifies the expertise, skill and dedication it takes to be a member of the nursing family in Wales.”

In addition to the prestige associated with winning an award, category winners will receive a monetary prize plus a trophy. The overall winner will receive the accolade of being recognised as ‘Wales Nurse of the Year 2015’ and will receive a superb prize in recognition of this.