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RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year Awards 2024

RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year Awards 2024

The Royal College of Nursing in Scotland is delighted to be holding its second annual RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year Awards in May 2024.

The awards are designed to recognise, highlight, and celebrate the dedication and outstanding professional care of nursing staff across Scotland.

From rural communities to the big cities, from the NHS, care homes and others in the independent sector, we are looking for nominations that demonstrate the best of nursing – through innovation, excellence in practice, leadership, and commitment.

We’re looking to celebrate and honour the incredible work of Scotland’s nursing staff, day in, day out. We want you to share experiences of inspiring nursing practice and showcase innovative nurse-led projects that are making a difference for patients, residents, and service users.

Nominations have now closed for all 13 categories. Entries were accepted from nurses or midwives nominating themselves or their own teams or can be submitted on behalf of another nurse/midwife or nursing/midwifery team. Non-nursing colleagues such as managers or consultants could also nominate their nursing/midwifery colleagues. Entrants did not need to be a member of the RCN.

The nominations process has now closed and are being considered by our judging panels.


Following the nomination process, nominees selected to move to the judging round will be invited to attend a virtual interview with a panel of judges during the first three weeks of March 2024.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the awards, please get in touch by emailing scotlandnurseawards@rcn.org.uk

Click on a category below to find out more:

RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year 2022

Adult Nursing Award

This award aims to recognise those who have succeeded in raising standards of care for their patients and service users and have made an outstanding contribution to the care of adults. 

Sponsored by NHS Tayside and NHS Tayside Charitable Foundation

RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year 2022

Care Home Nursing Award

This award aims to recognise the impact and importance of nursing in social care and those who have made an outstanding contribution to care and quality of life for residents in a care home. 
RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year 2022

Children's Nursing and Midwifery Award

This award aims to recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to the care of children or young people or the care of mothers-to-be and new parents.
RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year 2022

Clinical Leadership Award

This award aims to recognise an exceptional clinical leader who, by inspiring others, has made a significant difference to service delivery and quality of care.

Sponsored by Anderson Strathern

RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year 2022

Inspiring Excellence - Nursing Innovation and Research Award

This award aims to recognise those who have influenced change with a measurable impact on outcomes and/or experience. 

Sponsored by NHS Grampian

RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year 2022

Learning Disability Nursing Award

This award aims to recognise those who have succeeded in raising standards of care for their patients and clients and have made an outstanding contribution to the care of service users.
RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year 2022

Learning in Practice Award

This award aims to recognise those who provide effective supervision and assessment, create high-quality learning environments, act as a role model and who build and maintain relationships to enable and support learning and development in the workplace.
RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year 2022

Mental Health Nursing Award

This award aims to recognise those who have succeeded in raising standards of care for their patients and clients and have made an outstanding contribution to the care of service users.

RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year 2022

Nursing Student of the Year

This award aims to recognise those who have shown exceptional promise during their professional education and/or practice placement. Nominees for this award will deserve recognition for exceptional achievement during their studies.
RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year 2022

Nursing Support Worker of the Year

This award aims to recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to the care of patients or residents in their nursing support worker role.
RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year 2022

Nursing Team of the Year

This award aims to recognise that great nursing is often delivered in teams and in close partnership with multidisciplinary colleagues – or even patients or stakeholders.

Sponsored by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year 2022

People's Choice Award

Patients, clients, residents or relatives can nominate a nurse, midwife or nursing support worker who they believe has made a difference and gone that extra mile to ensure the highest standards of care.

Sponsored by The Sunday Post

Outstanding / Lifetime Achievement Award

This award celebrates a significant contribution to the development of nursing as a profession that is valued by society.

RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year 2024

This winner of this prestigious award will be selected from the registered nurse winners from the other award other categories.

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Page last updated - 22/01/2024