Nursing Awards Celebrate Those Who Care So Much

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Nursing Awards Celebrate Those Who Care So Much


Byline: Mark Smith Health Correspondent mark.smith@walesonline.co.uk

ANURSE has spoken of her "extreme pride both professionally and personally" after being crowned Wales' Nurse of the Year.

Sian Thomas, a consultant nurse in child health at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, emerged as the overall winner at the glittering ceremony at Cardiff's City Hall.

She was recognised for making a "significant contribution" to meeting the holistic needs of a child with complex needs.

She was able to get the child to study at a mainstream school while they ate a blended family food diet via a gastrostomy.

A spokesperson for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Wales said: "Sian's tenacity, motivation and leadership has provided positive objective beneficial outcomes including significant progress in physical growth, cognitive, physical and social development." Speaking after the ceremony, Sian said: "I feel very honoured to be a children's nurse and work with families and multi-agency staffto make a real difference to children and their families.

"In the modern healthcare arena, we as nurses need to develop innovative solutions to complex situations. I feel extreme pride both professionally and personally. Being awarded this title enables the sharing of knowledge and experience about our initiative and to support other nurses in their practice."

The evening was themed around the RCN's UK centenary and was hailed a fantastic success.

Awards were given out in 17 categories, including a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Wales Nurse of the Year Award, commending a range of nursing practice in Wales.

Two special recognition awards were given out on the night including the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Award given to Professor Jean White.

Michele Pengelly received a Centenary Patient's Award for her care of a cancer patient while working as a nurse at Velindre NHS Trust in Cardiff.

Tina Donnelly, director of the RCN in Wales, said: "Every day nurses care for patients and communities, making a positive difference in the lives of many. These compassionate and competent nurses are a credit to the field of health care and their efforts deserve recognition.

"The RCN in Wales is committed to honouring nurses whose dedication and achievements have contributed to the nursing profession.

"I would like to extend my congratulations not just to Sian but to all the award winners and shortlisted nominees."

First Minister Carwyn Jones was one of the dignitaries in attendance on the night on November 16.

He said: "Congratulations to Sian Thomas on this well-deserved award. By going the extra mile she has made a real difference to the lives of many children in Wales, helping them to overcome the barriers they face and achieve their full potential.

"Everyone involved in our health service has an invaluable role to play, but nurses truly are on the front line.

"Their dedication and commitment does not go unnoticed and I speak on behalf of the people of Wales when I say thank you for the professionalism and personal commitment they show each and every day. …

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