International Nurses Day is celebrated throughout the world on 12th May (the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth) of each year. It is held annually to mark the significant contributions that nurses make to society.
At Four Seasons Health Care we are thankful for our 3000+ nurses that help us deliver special resident experiences to 16,000 of our residents every single day.
To help mark International Nurses Day, we at Four Seasons Health Care, want to shine the spotlight on some of the amazing work that just a few of our wonderful nurses do on a daily basis. In 2016, Four Seasons Health Care held their inaugural care awards and these six nurses were named as their region’s nurse of the year.
Please read on to find out what makes them the very best in their field!
Angus Goldie (Scotland’s Nurse of the Year)
Angus is a staff nurse from Clyde Court Care Home in Clydebank where he has been a nurse for over two years. Angus is passionate about dementia care and was influential in helping Clyde Court become one of the first care homes in Scotland (and the UK) become dementia care accredited. As a result of his leadership, Clyde Court noted a 20% reduction in falls, a 27% reduction in infections and a 66% reduction in medication near-misses following commencement of DCF. In addition, Clyde Court has seen a staggering 60% increase in recognising undiagnosed pain for their residents who live with dementia. As one would expect, Angus’ leadership in the dementia care framework programme has led to significant improvements in their resident’s psychological, social and spiritual care.
Angus has continued to champion excellence in dementia care and is central to maintaining the person-centred culture that the dementia care framework has embedded. He continues to carry out dementia education sessions for his care staff and tirelessly drives quality improvement at Clyde Court with the support of his care team.
Daniel Oliveira (Northern Ireland’s Nurse of the Year)
Daniel has long been regarded by his peers as an exceptional nurse leader. Since arriving in Northern Ireland five years ago Daniel has been a staff nurse, clinical lead, clinical manager, and home manager across a variety of our care settings which includes older people’s nursing, dementia care, learning disability care and mental health care. Daniel is now a member of Northern Ireland’s award-winning resident experience team.
Daniel has a long history of enhancing resident experiences through expert clinical practice, strong leadership and dedicated mentorship of others. One of Daniel’s most notable successes came when he supported Lecale Lodge to open a new mental health unit. Daniel had a leading role in education of care staff, the implementation of impeccable care standards and the evaluation of practice. As well as his clinical role with Four Seasons Health Care, Daniel is undertaking postgraduate study at Queen’s University Belfast. Undertaking this Master’s Degree, in Advanced Clinical Practice, is testament to his passion for improving the quality of care that our residents receive. Furthermore, Daniel has received national recognition from his colleagues and peers at a number of award events including; the Northern Ireland RCN Nurse of the Year Awards, the Randox Care Awards, the Student Nursing Times Awards and the Nursing Times Awards. Put simply, Daniel is a tour-de-force in care home nursing.
Craig Priestly (North West England’s Nurse of the Year)
Craig’s journey to nursing has been an inspiring one. He began his career with Four Seasons Health Care over ten years ago in domestic and laundry services. Since then he has graduated with an honours degree from Salford University and became clinical lead of Cameron House Care Home in Bury. A three-time Recognition of Care and Kindness award winner, Craig has also won the hearts of residents and family members through his compassion, empathy and active practice of relationship-centred care.
In his nursing practice, Craig has championed care home nursing and has actively engaged with Salford University with a view to ensuring that student nurses are aware of the fantastic opportunities at Four Seasons Health Care, and indeed care homes in general. Craig has also developed valuable professional links with specialists in diabetes, tissue viability and palliative care. His passion and leadership at Cameron House has recently culminated in an impressive Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection report, with good ratings noted across all five of CQC’s domains. In addition to his clinical practice Craig serves on the Care Home Nursing Journal (CNJ) editorial board and recently won a RCN Foundation Scholarship to undertake postgraduate study in the future.
Sheila Gavriliuc (East England’s Nurse of the Year)
Sheila is a staff nurse from Aspen Lodge Care Home in Skegness which provides nursing and dementia care to 35 residents. Sheila has a strong interest in palliative and end-of-life care and seeks to ensure that her residents receive special resident experiences until the very end of their lives. Sheila recognises that good palliative care takes place early and seeks to keep the resident, their family and extended multidisciplinary team up-to-date about the prognosis. Sheila also champions timely and appropriate recognition to symptom management, which is of fundamental importance in palliative care. This is perhaps one of the reasons why Aspen Lodge Care Home resident satisfaction surveys have been around 98% throughout this year.
Sheila is an advocate for her residents and truly embeds person-centred care into her nursing practice. She is a dedicated and passionate individual who immerses herself in the care of her residents.
Lisa Scott (South East England’s Nurse of the Year)
Lisa is one of our most accomplished nurses with many years of nursing experience. Lisa is currently clinical lead for Ladyville Lodge Care Home in Ockendon. Having held a variety of senior quality assurance positions in regional roles across the independent sector, Lisa decided that she wanted to work directly with and alongside residents. Lisa has specialist knowledge in dementia care, older people’s nursing and end-of-life care. In addition to her well refined clinical skills, Lisa is praised for her compassion and empathy. She has been a driving force at Ladyville Lodge in her bid to deliver unique and special resident experiences.
Lisa has used her skills to support her residents to take positive risks and live life truly the way they would like. From helping to arrange a mini-Glastonbury festival for her residents (complete with camping facilitates for family members and a performance from an unsigned artist who has performed at Glastonbury), to helping residents to paint fences on her day off, to helping residents to grow their own vegetables or to organising a rat-pack musical evening (complete with a full-size marquee in the grounds of Ladyville Lodge), Lisa truly lives for her residents. Her enthusiasm, passion and innovative approaches to care are truly making a difference.
Subi Shaji (North East England’s Nurse of the Year)
Subi is widely regarded as a terrific nurse generalist. She has practised as a nurse at Oak Tree Care Home in Yate for many years, since undertaking her nurse adaptation training. Subi is currently unit manager and there is little she doesn’t know. Subi quickly builds rapport with her residents, relatives and care teams to help deliver optimum outcomes for her residents. She has been praised for her approachability, calmness and clinical expertise. So much so, that in Oak Tree’s most recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection, Subi was singled out for the positive role she played in helping the home receive a good rating across all five of the CQC inspection domains.
Undoubtedly Subi’s most endearing quality is her mentorship and support of others. She is a nurse who is also extremely modest and shies away from accolades or honours. Subi’s loyalty and personalised approaches to care make her one of the true unsung heroes in nursing.
Date published: 15 September 2017