Western Trust nurses recognised for professionalism


Western Trust nurses recognised for professionalism

The work of a Western Health and Social Care Trust nurse with patients with rectal cancer has been recognised at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Nurse of the Year Awards.


Gloria O'Connor, a stoma care nurse specialist based at Altnagelvin Hospital, won the Nursing Research Award sponsored by the University of Ulster at the RCN's 15th annual awards ceremony held in Belfast.


In consultation with patients and health care colleagues and through her research, Gloria developed a pack with 14 information leaflets covering various aspects of care for patients living with rectal cancer such as surgery, stoma management and long-term lifestyle issues.

Western Trust nurses were represented in three of the nine categories for which awards were presented at the RCN ceremony which celebrates excellence in nursing and showcases examples of innovation in practice by the profession.


Judith Orr, a nursing auxiliary in the fracture clinic at Altnagelvin Hospital, was runner-up in the Health Care Support Worker category. Judith was commended as a valuable frontline member of staff.


Mark Gillespie, nurse consultant, and Loretta Crumlish, Western Trust named nurse for safeguarding children, were finalists in the overall Nurse of the Year category. Mark and Loretta established a pilot project in emergency and paediatric wards at Erne and Altnagelvin Hospitals to improve the screening of children with the purpose of identifying any potentially at risk. The Trust now has more robust mechanisms for safeguarding and the approach is unique in Northern Ireland.


Expressing his congratulations to Gloria O'Connor for her success, Western Trust Chairman Gerard Guckian also paid tribute to Judith Orr, Mark Gillespie and Loretta Crumlish.


Mr Guckian said: "The success of Western Trust nurses in the Nurse of the Year Awards reflects the high quality of nursing in hospitals and the community in the West. It was wonderful to see these examples of best practice being recognised and Gloria, Judith, Mark and Loretta all very much deserved their success. We are very proud of them.”

Western Trust Chief Executive Elaine Way also congratulated those who were recognised at the RCN event.


Mrs Way said: "I am delighted to see nursing professionals from the Western Trust having their good work celebrated and it is important for this innovation and best practice to be encouraged through events such as the RCN awards. I look forward to nursing colleagues from the West continuing to put their best foot forward and for opportunities to highlight such good work to be availed of and promoted through such awards in the future."