Limavady staff nurse up for top award

Staff nurse Shauna Rooney
Staff nurse Shauna Rooney

A nurse in the Roe Valley is in the running for a top award in her sector.

Shauna Rooney, a Staff Nurse at Rush Hall Care Home in Limavady, has been shortlisted for the 2015 national Nursing Standard Nurse Awards.

Qualifying as a nurse only two years ago, Shauna was nominated for the award by Gary Cousins, Infection Control and Clinical Development Nurse for Four Seasons Health Care Northern Ireland.

The nomination came after Shauna implemented a successful Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) pilot programme in the home.

“Shauna also helped other staff members to develop their knowledge of IPC and understand how the theory could be best applied in clinical practice,” said a spokesperson.

“Avoiding the spread of infections is important, particularly within a care home environment, as older people tend to have a weaker immune system.”

The man responsible for the nomination, Gary, said: “We are delighted that Shauna is a finalist for the 2015 Nursing Standard Nurse Awards.

“Her dedication to developing her fellow staff members’ understanding of best IPC care meant that the pilot programme was a resounding success, and we wish her the best of luck.”

The spokesperson added the “Nursing Standard Nurse Awards recognise nursing professionals across the UK who have demonstrated clinical excellence and whose innovations have helped to improve the quality of patient care”.

Finalists from each category will attend the award ceremony on 1st May at The Savoy Hotel in London, and all winners will be considered for the overall award, RCN Nurse of the Year 2015.

Rush Hall is a 66-bed care home.