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Nurses Day 2018 at the L&D

Nursing staff around the UK and beyond recently celebrated International Nurses’ Day 2018. The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) recognised the hard work and dedication that nursing staff contribute towards the success of the Trust by hosting its annual Nurses’ Day Conference and Awards.

In the run up to the celebrations staff and public nominated nurses and teams who they feel demonstrate compassion and show how they are ‘Proud to Care’. Eligible winners needed to have demonstrated that they put patient experience and safety at the forefront of their daily work, while acting as a role model and providing exemplary care to patients.

The event which took place earlier this month saw eight awards being presented to individuals who have gone above and beyond in displaying outstanding commitment over the past year.

Congratulations to the following who picked up awards on the day:

Aimee Varney Award
Fiona Brunker

Living the Values – Proud to Care
Charlie Cooper

Innovation in Care
Kelly Warfield

Clinical Support Staff
Kamel Saidi

Student of the Year
Catherine Murphy

Mentor of the Year
Catherine Beavis 

Nurse of the Year
Katrina Polfrey

Team of the Year
Ward 17

Sheran Oke Director of Nursing and Midwifery said: “I would like to thank all of the Nurses within the Trust; both those who were able to attend our event as well as those who were unable to as they were working.

I’m extremely proud of each and every one of the Nurses’ hard work and dedication, helping us to provide the best patient care and the best patient experience for all those we care for. Thank you for all demonstrating that you are Proud to Care.”

The event consisted of reflections on the nursing achievements over the past year as well as departmental nurses highlighting their work.

Alongside the afternoons celebrations was the highly anticipated Nurses’ Day bake off – the award for best cake was picked up by the Critical Care team, whose intricate two tier masterpiece came out with the most votes, only a fraction ahead of the ‘brain cake’ designed by the Stroke Unit.