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
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.
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."