30 September 2015

Young nurses named as national leaders

Three nurses from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust have been included on a prestigious new list that showcases the most influential people in the nursing world.

The Nursing Times Leaders List is published annually and highlights nurses who are making an impact in their profession. Entries are narrowed down by a panel of senior nursing figures from across the country.

Kerry Taylor and Anna-Marie Edwards have been included for their work on Shared Governance, which is leading the way nationally. The concept, which is still relatively new to the UK, sees nurses of all levels empowered to take action on issues that matter to them. Wards create their own councils which feed directly in to senior management teams, meaning everyone has a voice.

Nurses

Since they came in to post Anna and Kerry have increased the number of councils at Nottingham's hospitals to more than 25 - involving more than 200 staff, organised a conference which attracted senior nursing staff from across the country, and been featured in several leading nursing publications, all alongside working as staff nurses on the wards.

Shellie Radford, a Staff Nurse on the Critical Care Unit at City Hospital, is also on the list and has been recognised for her commitment to supporting newly qualified nurses. Since she qualified two years ago she has wasted no time in setting up the Trust's Newly Qualifed Forum, a group which gives new nurses a chance to meet each other and discuss issues affecting them. She also works closely with student nurses, teaching clinical skills to undergraduate students during mentoring sessions.

Determined not to rest on her laurels she is also involved in research work into delirium, and raising awareness of the importance of organ donation.

Mandie Sunderland, NUH Chief Nurse, said: "We are so proud of all three nurses. All of them are still at a relatively early stage in their careers but have shown true passion and dedication to the profession. To be included on this list, alongside much more established peers, is a fantastic achievement.

"They have grasped every opportunity that has come their way and, in so doing, have helped to inspire and encourage scores of other nurses. They are a real credit to NUH, embodying the values we look for in our staff."

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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