Senior nursing assistant Emma Ward has won the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust Pride in Practice Award for her enthusiasm and passion for nursing and her compassion and care for her patients on Farley Ward.
Emma was nominated by Senior Sister Kirsty Anderson who said in her nomination: “I believe that Emma is the epitome of compassion in practice. She cares considerably for her patients and continually strives to maintain high standards at all times. She receives well deserved praise from patients and their families about her caring nature and comes in on her days off to enhance her skills and knowledge. Emma is fully committed to her role on Farley Ward and I am immensely proud of what she does to make sure every patient experience is a positive one.”
The Trust’s Pride in Practice Awards were established in 2012 to celebrate the contribution nurses, midwives, therapists and their teams make to the hospital, patients and carers and the extra steps they take to ensure that patients receive high quality care . They reflect the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s vision for staff and centres on the six key values of care, compassion, courage, communication, commitment and competence.
Fiona Hyett, Deputy Director of Nursing said: “Our staff have a key role in ensuring that people stay healthy and well for longer by promoting health and well-being, help people to recover from illness and provide care and comfort when people’s lives are coming to an end. In doing so, compassion in practice is essential to everything that we do here at Salisbury District Hospital.”
“Throughout the year I see so many examples of excellent care and compassion. This was highlighted in the many nominations we received from colleagues who have first-hand experience of how their staff are doing and receive feedback directly from patients, relatives and carers about them. I am extremely proud of our staff and the contribution that they make to our hospital.”
Emma, who started as a nursing assistant in Salisbury in July 2015, is now looking to pursue her career further by training to become a registered general nurse, which she will do over the next three years.
Mrs Hyett added: “I want to congratulate Emma on her outstanding achievement and wish her well as she pursues a nursing career at Salisbury District Hospital.”