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Entries open for British Journal of Nursing's Respiratory Award

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Entries will be open until 10 December Don't delay! The closing date for entries for the Respiratory Nurse Award is 10 December

The British Journal of Nursing has announced an addition to its prestigous annual awards for nursing, the Respiratory Nurse Award.

As respiratory nursing is generally carried out in primary care, this award is open to primary care nurses, practice nurses, community nurses and all nurses involved in respiratory care as well as specialist respiratory nurses. The deadline for entries will be 10 December.

‘Respiratory nurses face an ever more challenging workload, as the patients they care for become older and frailer with comorbidities that complicate their lives and overall functioning,’ said Julie Smith, the editor of the British Journal of Nursing. ‘There are also new challenges around air pollution, the use of e-cigarettes and the rise of previously low prevalence diseases. Through it all the commitment shown by respiratory nurses is exemplary, and there are many success stories to celebrate. This award will be presented to a nurse who has achieved excellence, or shown a flair for innovation, and translated this into measurable improvement in patient care in respiratory care’

If you would like to nominate a colleague, please consider:

  • What has this nurse contributed to respiratory nursing?
  • How has this contribution impacted patient care?
  • How can this contribution benefit respiratory nursing as a whole?
  • What evidence (if any) is there to support this contribution?

‘Every year the nominations the BJN Awards receive are of such a high standard that it really demonstrates how hard nurses work within the NHS despite the bad press the NHS gets,’ said Chloe Benson, Publishing Director of Mark Allen Healthcare. 'The staff really are at its core and without the work the nurses do patients wouldn’t get such fantastic care, I urge you to nominate a colleague, a team or a friend who has improved services, access to treatments or improved the life of a respiratory patient, you really do deserve it.’

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Has the candidate has achieved something special in her/his nursing career and has it benefited patient care?
  • Does the candidate demonstrate a particular individual approach to patients using the essentials of compassionate care and best evidence?
  • Has the candidate introduced or developed an innovative or creative idea that clearly shows her/his nursing care has gone that little bit further than just ‘doing a good job’?
  • Does the candidate’s subject area for the award fit into the appropriate category?
    Is there written evidence or a description of the nurse’s achievement that can be backed up by further evidence and proof of implementation?

To enter, visit: http://www.bjnawards.co.uk/

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