Two nurses have received recognition for their outstanding work caring for patients.
Pippa Nightingale, a nurse and Rennie Grove Hospice at Home trustee, has been named as one of the top 70 most influential nurses and midwives of the past 70 years as part of the NHS’s anniversary celebrations.
Pippa is Chief Nurse and Director of Midwifery at Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, and is also a CQC specialist advisor. She and her family have been local supporters of Hertfordshire hospice Rennie Grove for many years, taking part in numerous fundraising events.
The list celebrates inspirational nurses and midwives from the birth of the NHS in 1948 to the present day. It has been compiled by a team led by Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, on behalf of the UK Chief Nursing Officers in partnership with Nursing Standard magazine and its publishers, RCNi.
Commenting on the accolade, Pippa said:
“It is a huge honour to be named as one of the 70 most influential nurses and midwives since 1948 – but all nurses and midwives make their own personal positive difference to patients, women and babies. A career in nursing and midwifery is incredibly rewarding. I think it is something you need to experience to understand.”
Pippa joined the Rennie Grove board of trustees last year, saying:
“I decided to become a trustee because I feel I have had a privileged and exciting career in the NHS and as a Senior Nurse Leader, and I would like to give my time and clinical expertise to a very worthy organisation which makes such a difference to many people and their families in the last few days and weeks of their lives.”
Michaela Wheatley, Advanced Heart Failure Nurse Specialist at St Barnabas House in Worthing, has been shortlisted for a British Heart Foundation ‘Heart Hero’ award. She was nominated for the award by the family of a patient she supported at the end of his life.
John Crammond (known as Ian) was referred to St Barnabas House by the Cardiac Unit at Worthing Hospital. His grandson, Harry Finnigan, said:
“Michaela visited grandpa at home and went through some very difficult questions with my mum, aunt and grandpa to ensure his wishes were met. She was with us the whole way until he died.
“Michaela gave us all more valuable time with grandpa during his last few weeks and made his life more comfortable, enabling him to have a dignified death surrounded by those he loved.”
On being nominated, Michaela said:
“I feel very honoured to have been nominated for this award. I am really quite overwhelmed as it is always a wonderful feeling when our hard work and dedication is recognised.
“It was a privilege to have been able to support Ian and his family and I am grateful that they have taken the time to pass on their thanks in such a lovely and thoughtful way. It really is important this service is recognised for the work we are doing here as the Advanced Heart Failure Service is still relatively new.”
In 2016 the hospice introduced a nursing team to treat specific conditions such as advanced heart failure. The service aims to give patients high quality care by managing the symptoms and supporting the particular psychological and emotional needs that may occur as a result of the illness.
The awards ceremony will take place in London, on Friday 5 October.