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13 May 2016

Nurses Day celebrated at University Hospitals Bristol ceremony

This year on International Nurses' Day, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust recognised the vital contribution of nursing staff with itsannual Nursing and Midwifery Awards as well as the launch of a short film recognising the contribution of all staff across the Trust to the delivery of compassionate care.

Nurses' Day Winner 1

The ceremony on 12 May, Florence Nightingale's birthday, began with the launch of a new Trust film, 'We Are Proud to Care', which takes viewers through a 24 hour period in the life of staff from a range of disciplines and services. Those present were then enthralled by Bonita Norris's recount of her journey from novice climber to become the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 22 from May 2010 until May 2012. Bonita then went on to present to the winners of the Trust's Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

The winners of this year's Acute Medical Nursing or Midwifery Nursing Team Award are the Acute Medical Unit Nursing Team. This past year they have had ward moves and changes in leadership, but continue to perform to a very high standard, providing excellent care for their patients.

Elizabeth Brookes, a nursing assistant, won the Special Recognition Award for keeping calm and in control when a challenging situation arose.Bethany Crabb, a staff nurse at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, received the Above & Beyond Award for her dedication to sharing her knowledge and experience with her team, particularly new starters. She takes time to support and assist any student or newly qualified nurse, as well as develop fresh ideas and help create a better environment for patients and staff.

The Rising Star Award was given to Imogen O'Toole, who qualified as a registered nurse working in Older Person Care in February 2015 and was promoted to a senior staff position by September 2015, displaying integrity and enthusiasm in her work.

Nurses' Day Winner 2

Nursing Assistant of the Year, Zuwane Thomas, is a valuable asset to the outpatient team and has worked within the Trust for nine years. Caring, compassionate, professional and knowledgeable, she is always willing to support her team.

Helen Simmons' ability to respond to difficult situations in a surgical theatre is one of the traits which has made her Registered Nurse of the Year. She responds with kindness and consideration, always putting the patient ahead of herself and acting above the call of duty for the wellbeing of children.

As deputy head of nursing for the Division of Medicine, Helen Bishop has seen her division undergo many ward and staff changes, but has remained strong and committed with unrelenting focus. She was named Inspirational Leader of the Year for her work on the project to move medical patients from some of the oldest ward accommodation within the Trust to some of the newest. She made sure all the small details were considered by engaging with staff and patients at every step. It is thanks to Helen's leadership that almost every patient in the Division of Medicine is now cared for in a better environment.

The ceremony was supported by Above & Beyond. Sarah Talbot-Williams, chief executive of the charity, said:

"It's very special to read through the nominations every year and also to see the exciting projects put forward for the scholarships that are being awarded.

"At Above & Beyond, we are all very proud to sponsor the Nursing and Midwifery Awards in recognition of such inspirational people who endlessly strive to affect change and improve services and facilities."

Nurses' Day

Carolyn Mills, chief nurse for University Hospitals Bristol, said:

"Nurses' Day is the chance for me to say thank you to all the nurses and midwives for the work that they do to make nursing at our Trust, so truly great - I couldn't be more proud to lead this amazing group of staff.""International Nurses' Day is an occasion to acknowledge the work of nurses in UH Bristol and around the world who every day go the extra mile for their patients.

"The nominees and winners are individuals and teams who have been recognised for their contribution to delivering outstanding care to patients and their families, delivering initiatives that improve outcomes and for providing strong professional leadership for nurses and nursing. These awards recognise excellence and also raise the profile and understanding of how nursing is at the centre of all patient care."