Two nurses at the North Middlesex University Hospital Trust have been shortlisted for prestigious awards by the Nursing Times.
Rosemary Dadswell, urology clinical nurse specialist, has been shortlisted in the nurse of the year category and Gillan Belfon-Johnson, matron in the critical care unit, as nurse leader of the year.
Rosemary, who has worked for the hospital for 31 years, says the thing that makes her day is when a patient says her unit has “given them their life back”. “Many patients say that the urology suite is like an oasis in the hospital. It is friendly, welcoming and safe; they feel they can talk about their problems in confidence and feel secure.”
She says dealing with incontinence can have a bigger impact on a patient’s life than a cancer diagnosis. “We pride ourselves on giving our patients the best experience by treating them with respect, compassion and a wide range of treatments,” said Rosemary.
Gillan has introduced significant change in the three years she has been the matron in critical care, focusing particularly on the training and development of staff, whose skills and confidence have increased. She has also dramatically increased successful recruitment, reducing the vacancy rate from 22% to 3% in a specialty that is recognised nationally as hard to recruit to. “Gillan is an exceptional leader, her commitment and drive to improve standards of care outstanding,” says her award citation.
“She is a forward thinking leader who encourages staff by listening to and often implementing their ideas. She empowers and encourages staff to maximise their potential and is an exemplary role model for her team.”