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Welsh nurse of the year announced

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A ward sister who has championed quality care for elderly patients was this week named Wales Nurse of the Year.

Ruth Owens, who works for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, was the overall winner in the Royal College of Nursing’s second Wales Nurse of the Year Awards.

Praised by judges for her “compassion and excellence in practice”, she has strived to improve treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease and the management of complex delayed transfers of care.

As ward sister she helped transform an older people’s ward at Barry Community Hospital, making it a model of good practice.

RCN Wales acting director Peter Meredith-Smith described Ms Owens as “an admirable individual”.

“With an ageing population that has increasingly specialist needs we need outstanding clinical practitioners in place to ensure the highest standards of care for this vulnerable group. Ruth Owens is a prime example,” he said.

Ms Owens said she was honoured to receive the award for “a job that I genuinely love”.

Other award categories recognised the achievements of clinical nurse specialists, mental health nurses, community nurses, midwives and nursing students.

A lifetime achievement award went to Helen Bennett, clinical board nurse for mental health at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.


  • List of award winners:

Wales Nurse of the Year Award

Sponsored by Velindre NHS Trust


Ruth Owens

Ward Sister

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board


Helen Bennett


Clinical Board Nurse for Mental Health

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Humanitarian Relief Award

Sponsored by University of South Wales


Melrose East



Aneurin Bevan Health Board


Terri Levett

Theatre Nurse Team Leader

Cwm Taf Health Board


Nursing Student Award

Sponsored by NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership


Caitlin Rhiannon Griffiths

Glyndwr University


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