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Edinburgh nurse graduate wins new compassion award

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A new award, recognising the importance of compassion in nursing, has been presented to a graduate nurse for the first time by a university in Scotland.

Edinburgh Napier University graduate Joanne Aiken received the Simon Pullin Award for demonstrating “significant achievement in the development of compassionate caring skills”.

The award was established in memory of Simon Pullin, a senior nurse who played a key role in the University’s Compassionate Care Programme, from its beginnings in 2007 up until his death from lung cancer in July 2011.

Ms Aiken, who starts work at Edinburgh’s Liberton Hospital this month, received £250 prize money.

She said: “I feel very honoured and privileged to be given this award. I spent my placement with Marie Curie Hospice where I learnt first-hand the huge value in ensuring patients receive the best end of life care possible.

“The small things, like sitting with a patient, looking after their personal care and making their loved ones feel welcome are really important.”

Mr Pullin’s father and step-mother, Ian and Jane, met Joanne at her graduation ceremony, held on 28 June.

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