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RCN seeks nominations for Northern Ireland 'nurse of the year'

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Nurses in Northern Ireland are being asked to nominate colleagues for this year’s RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year awards.

The awards, now in their nineteenth year, are designed to recognise and reward excellence in the nursing profession in Northern Ireland.

Janice Smyth, director of the RCN in Northern Ireland, said: “Over the past 19 years we have seen outstanding examples of nurses developing services for patients that make a real difference to improving the health of the local community.

“At a time when the provision of health care is undergoing continuous change, nurses are working hard to provide safe and effective care,” she said. “More than ever, this is a time to show our appreciation and to recognise and reward excellence in nursing.”

“I would encourage all health care staff to look at the categories and consider nominating a colleague. Nurses deserve to be recognised for the invaluable contribution they make to our health and social care service,” she added.

Application forms for all categories can be downloaded from the RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year 2015 web page. The closing date for entries is 20 February.

This year’s awards ceremony will be held on 21 May at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood.

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