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Competition winner goes the extra mile to put patients at ease

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In December, Nursing Times invited readers to nominate a nurse who makes a real difference to those in their care, someone who goes above and beyond, for the chance to win a year’s free subscription to Nursing Times.

We’re thrilled to announce that after careful consideration, we selected Heidi Pryor-Jones as our 2017 Christmas Competition winner, thanks to a heartfelt and detailed nomination by her colleague Debbie Wigley.

Heidi is a registered nurse at Northampton General Hospital and a link nurse for patients who have learning disabilities.

Most patients awaiting surgery or in post-surgical recovery experience some anxiety, but the experience can be especially challenging for patients with learning disabilities. This is where Heidi comes in; Debbienoted her readiness to go above and beyond, and her ability to help patients and their carers feel totally at ease.

During pre-operative visits, Heidi makes an extra special effort to really get to know patients. She picks up on personal interests and adapts her communication styles – paying special attention to the small details that often make a world of difference.

One such example was during a recent pre-operative visit where Heidi learned that her patient, a young girl with Down’s syndrome, had a severe needle phobia.

She also discovered that she was a huge fan of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. On the day of the girl’s admission, Heidi arrived with a large laminated poster of the actor and a wealth of Rock-movie knowledge.

With something to chat about – and the validation of Heidi’s genuine interest in her wellbeing – the girl was distracted from her fear.

The Nursing Times team is delighted to recognise Heidi’s hard work and compassion. As the winner of the 2017 Nursing Times Christmas Competition, she has received a year’s subscription to Nursing Times.

This includes unlimited online access to around 6,000 double-blind peer reviewed clinical articles, online learning units on fundamental aspects of nursing care, a personal e-portfolio and daily, breaking and specialist email newsletters.

At Nursing Times we’re always looking to recognise the hard work, compassion and dedication of the nursing workforce so keep your eyes peeled for more ways to win.

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  • Well done Heidi, I'm highly delighted to learn that you are a general nurse able to care for a patient's physical, psychological and psychiatric needs. Holistic care indeed!

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