Wednesday night saw big celebrations for us here at Nursing Times, as we won two major awards at the annual ‘Oscars’ of the publishing industry.
Nursing Times was named Special Interest Magazine of the Year and also Team of the Year at the PPA Awards 2019.
“Of course, it’s not just about the awards night and the nice shiny trophy”
Attending an awards ceremony was not an unusual experience for me – we have three of our own in the Nursing Times Awards, Student Nursing Times Awards and Nursing Times Workforce Awards. But Wednesday night, instead of playing host to a room full of nervous finalists we were those nervous finalists.
I experienced the suspense and excitement as the shortlists were read out for each of the three categories we were in. The joy I felt when Nursing Times was announced as the winner in two categories and a runner-up in the third is something I will always treasure.
If winning one of our own awards is in any way similar, then I am really, really happy. And having stood on stage when our winners are announced, I’d say with some confidence that the nurses and midwives in attendance do feel the same as I did on Wednesday.
Of course, it’s not just about the awards night and the nice shiny trophy – although these certainly help.
The real value of awards is the impact of winning – or making the shortlist – on individuals’ and teams’ career development, confidence and morale. And the independent judging process is the sort of quality assurance that can bring you and your work to the attention of colleagues and peers, helping you to share best practice and improve the care patients receive. They can even help ‘unlock’ doors to funding.
If I could bottle the feeling I and my colleagues experienced at the PPA Awards, I would – and I’d send a bottle to each of you.
But since I can’t do that, I urge every nurse who has the opportunity to do so to enter an award – preferably one organised by Nursing Times; you won’t regret it.