Celebrating the very best in nursing, the annual RCN Awards present Fellowships, Honorary Fellowships and Awards of Merit to those who have given an outstanding contribution to nursing, along with honours for the Learning Representative, Safety Representative and Steward of the Year.
The winners from the South East are:
Pierre Herve from Guernsey - Award of Merit
Pierre, who works at Princess Elizabeth Hospital as Clinical Nurse Specialist says:
"The RCN award of merit is a truly unexpected honour and I am truly grateful to those individuals who were behind my nomination. I have been an active RCN member for over forty years and my career in nursing has benefited immeasurably from the support and guidance of the RCN at every level".
Denise Wills from Whiteley, Fareham - Learning Representative of the Year
Denise, who works at University Hospital Southampton says: “I am delighted and humbled to get this award. I am passionate about education and the chances it gives to all staff members. I have been particularly passionate this year with revalidation and encouraging all nurses to look at it with an open mind as the process is not as daunting as they think. I have hopefully encouraged a few members who may have been considering retirement rather than revalidate to go through the process at least once to show everyone that it can be done painlessly.”
Janice Gabriel from Alton has been award an RCN Fellowship
Janice, who is a Nurse and Manager at NHS England (Wessex) says: “I have been nursing for 40 years and have worked with some fantastic people over the years, all of whom have been so committed to achieving the best for their patients and their carers. Working together we have been able to make lots of little changes which, combined together, have made a significant impact on patient care, especially for those undergoing chemotherapy.”
Jacqui Post from St Leonards-on-Sea has been named as a commendee Safety Representative of the Year
Jacqui, who works as a Healthcare Assistant at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust says: "I like to think I make a difference to both staff and patients within the work place, and this award makes me feel appreciated. I would like to thank my outpatient Sister and my RCN mentor for their support and encouragement for my Health and Safety role."
Patricia Marquis, RCN Regional Director says: “I am blown away by the achievements of our wonderful members and represetatives this year. I am truly delighted for all of them. The work they do, often behind the scenes, really does make a difference on the ground to all members. They go above and beyond every single day and this recognition is well and truly deserved.
RCN Congress is where RCN members meet to learn, develop and share nursing practice. It is also where members inform the RCN agenda and influence nursing and health policy through debate. Congress 2016 is in Glasgow 18-22 June 2016.