A recently-qualified nurse who embarked on a programme to improve care in her nursing home has won a top Nursing Standard Nurse Award.
Shauna Rooney had only been in her first staff nurse job for four months when she decided to “revolutionise infection control” at Rush Hall Care Home outside Limavady.
Her work has led to a 100% reduction in outbreaks of infection at the 66-bed Four Seasons Healthcare home for people with dementia in Limavady: from three in 2013 to zero in 2014.
Shauna was announced winner in the infection prevention and control category of the Nurse Awards at a ceremony on May 1 at the Savoy Hotel in London.
“The programme allowed me to develop my knowledge of healthcare acquired infections and see that prevention was key rather than control,” said Shauna.
“The most important thing was the positive effect on the residents’ wellbeing,’ says Shauna. ‘Reduced rates of infection meant fewer hospital admissions.”
As well as maintaining the high standards the team has achieved at Rush Hall, Shauna wants to be part of the roll out and visit other homes to showcase her work.
“I want other nurses see the positive results,’ she ssaid. “I also want to pursue further education around infection prevention and control. It is lacking in care homes and there is work to do.”