JORDANSTOWN nurse Pauline Haslett has won the 2011 RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Award.
Organised by the Royal College of Nursing, this is the 15th year of the awards which took place at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood on Thursday, June 9.
Pauline, who is Live Donor Transplant Co-ordinator in the Belfast Trust, fought off competition from six other finalists to receive the award for transforming the live donor service in Northern Ireland. She was presented with the accolade by new Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Edwin Poots.
A successful kidney transplant is the best treatment for patients with renal failure and the survival rate of transplants from living donors is significantly better than those from deceased donors. Pauline realised the number of kidneys transplanted from live donors in Northern Ireland was much lower than the rest of the UK and that the process was too long. She embarked upon a mission to streamline the live donor assessment and worked with other colleagues to reduce the assessment time from two years to a one-day process. Since March of last year, 58 potential live donors have been assessed.
The judging panel for the award said: “Pauline required vision, ambition and the ability to persuade others of the opportunity and benefit to patients of making changes. She epitomises what a nurse should be, balancing caring and compassion with the ability to transform a service to a level of excellence. In doing so she has made it easier for people who wish to donate a kidney, improved the quality of life for patients, and ultimately saved lives.”
Not only was Pauline (pictured) nominated in the Nurse of the Year category, but she also received five nominations in the Patient’s Choice Award and was awarded joint runner-up in this category.
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