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RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Awards

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RCN Wales Nurse of the Year 2024

The Royal College of Nursing Wales will be celebrating its 11th RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Awards at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff on Thursday 21 November 2024.

Following essential building work at City Hall, we are delighted to be working alongside an exciting new venue to host the awards that continue to recognise innovation and excellence in practice, acknowledging the outstanding efforts, commitment and achievements made by the whole of the nursing community across Wales.

Nominated nurses, midwives, nursing students and health care support workers must demonstrate a passion for their profession and exemplify distinction in care, leadership, service and innovation. Individuals can be nominated for an award by peers, teams, managers, patients and the public.

Diversity in nominees is encouraged to reflect the workforce in Wales across all areas of nursing; Independent Health and Social Care Sector, Third Sector, NHS, or Local Authority.

Find out more about the 14 award categories below. Nominate your nursing hero now! Final deadline for nominations is 23.59 Sunday 30 June 2024.

Please read the guidance note before you submit your nomination.

Are you a patient thinking of nominating a deserving member of the nursing profession?
Members of the public can nominate an individual nurse, midwife, nursing student or health care support worker for any of the award categories. You will need to seek support from their senior nurse / manager to help guide you on choosing a suitable award category, and to input into the ‘reason for nomination’, to help you evidence how the individual meets the award criteria. Should have any further queries about how a patient can nominate please contact 02920 680746.

For more information about the awards, please contact NurseoftheYearAwards@rcn.org.uk

‘I am delighted to see the RCN Wales Nurse of the Year awards return for 2024. We look forward to celebrating our prestigious awards, recognising exceptional standards in nursing. Over the years we have received hundreds of nominations that demonstrate the skills and expertise practised by health care professionals daily. They each reflect a shared devotion to their patients and to nursing – so please nominate your nursing hero today!’
Steve Watson, Vice Chair, RCN Wales Board

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Find out how your support can help make our 2024 celebration the best yet!

Our 2024 Sponsors

Thank you to all our confirmed sponsors for supporting the RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Awards 2024


Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Award

Sponsored by Chief Nursing Officer for Wales, Welsh Government

This award will celebrate the contribution of an exceptional nursing or midwifery leader in Wales, who by inspiring others and demonstrating exceptional leadership, has made a significant difference to person centred holistic care.

Improving Individual and Population Health Award

Sponsored by Public Health Wales

This award aims to recognise a nurse or midwife who has made an outstanding contribution to improving individual and/or population health, including the introduction of changes that lead to innovative health improvement or health protection interventions or programmes.

Nursing Student Award

Sponsored by Health Education and Improvement Wales

This award aims to recognise Nursing/Midwifery students who have shown exceptional promise during their professional education and/or practice placements.


Registered Nurse - Learning Disabilities Award

Sponsored by Swansea Bay University Health Board

This award aims to recognise an exceptional Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse who is being recognised for their innovative and creative approach to the care of people who are living with Learning disabilities.

Specialist Nursing Award

Sponsored by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

This award aims to recognise nurses undertaking specialist practice who make an outstanding contribution to patient care, including the introduction of changes that leads to innovative programmes of care.

Community & Primary Care Nursing Award

Sponsored by Hywel Dda University Health Board

This award celebrates the achievements of all registrants of the NMC register who have made an outstanding contribution to the care of people in a primary or community-based setting.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

This award aims to recognise a truly exceptional Registered Nurse who is recognised as providing a lasting contribution to the nursing profession.


Registered Nurse - Adult Award

Sponsored by Powys Teaching Health Board

This award aims to recognise a Registered Nurse who has made an outstanding contribution to the care of adults.

Registered Nurse - Mental Health Award

Sponsored by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

This award aims to recognise an exceptional Registered Mental Health Nurse who is being recognised for their innovative and creative approach to the care of people who are living with Mental Health difficulties.

Suzanne Goodall Independent Sector Nursing Award

Sponsored by Tŷ Hafan

This award aims to recognise a Registered Nurse or Health Care Support Worker working in the Independent Sector, who has made an outstanding contribution to the care of  people with lifelong and/or life limiting illness.

Health Care Support Worker Award

Sponsored by NHS Wales Joint Commissioning Committee

This award is open to any Health Care Support Worker who has demonstrated commitment to providing high standards of care within nursing teams. They must work providing health or social care under the guidance and supervision of a registered nurse, midwife or health visitor and should not be on the professional register (such as NMC).

Nurse Education Award

Sponsored by University of South Wales

This award recognises Registered Nurses who have made a significant difference to the development and or delivery of high quality education to those who deliver/ aim to deliver health care.

Registered Nurse - Child Award

Sponsored by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

This award aims to recognise a Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife who has made an outstanding contribution to care of children, young people or the midwifery care of mothers-to-be/ parent/s.

Research, Innovation and Digitalisation in Nursing Award

Sponsored by Cardiff University

This award is intended to recognise nurses and midwives who have improved the care of people through evidence-based innovations to deliver and / or influence change. Nominators should provide a clear narrative explaining why and how the research or transformation was developed or implemented and how this change has improved the patient experience and outcomes of care.

RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Alumni Network

Find out about our Alumni Network and see the latest news 

Read about our inspiring previous winners!

Read about our 2023 award winners

Read about our 2021 award winners

Read about our 2019 award winners

Read about our 2018 finalists and take a look at some of the photos from the RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Awards 2018 ceremony.

Read about our 2017 winners

Page last updated - 13/05/2024