Today the UK’s most prestigious nursing accolades, the RCNi Nurse Awards, have officially opened in search of Britain’s nursing heroes. Now in their 31st year, the RCNi Nurse Awards identify and celebrate nurses who, every day, go above and beyond to save lives, provide outstanding care for patients and transform nursing practice for the better.
be bigger and better than ever before, spanning 14 categories from Child Health and Cancer Nursing to Mental Health and Emergency Nursing. TV and Radio presenter, Kate Garraway, will be this year’s awards ambassador to help secure a record number of entries and raise the profile of nurses across the country.
Previous years’ awards have received over 700 entries, with each nurse’s achievement highlighting the work that nurses do behind the scenes to tackle the UK’s most important health related issues. In the run up to the launch, Kate Garraway shadowed Dorcas Gwata, winner of the RCNi Mental Health Nurse Award 2015, visiting the youth centre where she has a pioneering role in implementing mental health initiatives to address the rising number of youths involved in gang violence and crime.
Kate Garraway, RCNi Nurse Awards Ambassador 2018, said “In recent years I have crossed paths with many nurses, from the wonderful team who made my uncle’s final days battling pancreatic cancer as comfortable as possible to those holding my children’s (and my) hands for their first jabs. Throughout these experiences I was consistently amazed by their sheer dedication and ability to connect with patients, yet they often don’t get the recognition they deserve.”
Nurses can enter themselves or be nominated by a colleague by visiting 2018 RCNi Nurse Awards Entry page here: www.rcni.com/nurse-awards/enter-now.