Student nurse Christina O’Loughlin will have a tram named after her for the next 12 months in recognition of being voted the 2017 Nurse of the Year by one of the country’s largest acute trusts.
As reported by Nursing Times in May, Ms O’Loughlin was nominated for an award by the grateful parents of a child she cared for in hospital at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
She was one of eight nurses to win this year at the trust’s annual nurse and midwife of the year awards and went on to be named the overall winner after getting the most public votes.
Ms O’Loughlin has been working at Queen’s Medical Centre this year, and is following in the footsteps of her mother Wendy who works as a discharge co-ordinator there.
The awards are run in partnership between Nottingham University Hospitals, the Nottingham Post newspaper and transport firm Nottingham Express Transit – hence the naming of the tram.
Ms O’Loughlin, who graduates from University of Nottingham in December, said: “I am still overwhelmed that I was initially nominated for the award and then went on to be the overall winner.
“I am so grateful that a family took the time to nominate me whilst their child was in hospital and that the public took the time to vote for me,” she said.
“I feel so privileged that my name will be on a Nottingham tram thanks to both NET and NUH,” added Ms O’Loughlin, who hopes to return to the trust to work after qualifying.
“I feel so privileged that my name will be on a Nottingham tram”
She said: “My friends and family have been so proud to see my photo around the hospital, and now they can’t wait to see my name on the tram!”
Trust chief nurse Mandie Sunderland said: “I am delighted that one of our student nurses, and nurses of the future, has a tram named after her in honour of being voted our 2017 nurse of the year by the people of Nottingham and her colleagues. We are all incredibly proud of Christina.”
Professor Joanne Lymn, head of the university’s school of health sciences, described Ms O’Loughlin as “truly inspirational”.
She said: “This is a well-deserved honour, and a fitting tribute to the unwavering dedication and professionalism which Christina displays in her role on a daily basis. She is an excellent role model for all the student nurses studying at the University of Nottingham and we are all extremely proud of her.”
Nottingham nurse of the year unveils tram named after her