On Tuesday September 8, four public health nurses were recognised for the exceptional care they provide and their commitment to promoting Public Health Nursing in the community
Nominees for the ICHN Annual Awards are highly commended for their Professional commitment to nursing in the community and for their work in the promotion and development of best practice and services for identified health needs of varying population groups.
Those awarded have committed to their professional development ensuring that all practice delivered by them is evidenced based and will enhance the quality of care of their patients and the community at large.
Ms Patricia Devers Continence Advisor Mayo PCCC HSE West was the overall winner at the ICHN Annual Awards. This was in addition to being named Regional Winner West for her caring and leadership in clinical practice development and her active sharing and pursuit of knowledge regarding her specialism so that she can deliver the best quality-driven service for her population group.
The regional awards were presented to:
Regional Winner: Midlands - Ms Patricia Mc Loughlin PHN Nurse Specialist Child Health and Development, Arden Health Centre Tullamore Co Offaly, HSE Midlands.
Regional Winner: South – Ms Mary Creedon PHN/ Lactation Consultant Macroom Primary Care Centre and Rylane Health Centre HSE South
Regional Winner: East – Ms Sinead Lawlor PHN Kilcock Health Centre Co Kildare HSE Eastern Region
Speaking at the awards Ms. Johanna Downey President, commented “On behalf of the ICHN and the Public Health Nursing service the executive council wish to extend a sincere gratitude for their initiative and motivation in the workplace. Those awarded continually go above and beyond in the care they provide within their community”
Ed Murphy, CEO of Home Instead Senior Care commented “The work Public Health Nurses do in their communities is invaluable. At Home Instead we always maintain that where possible keeping patients at home, where they feel most comfortable and secure is always the best scenario. I would like to congratulate all of the winners today for their tireless work within their communities”
L-R: Sinead Lawlor, Winner of HSE Eastern Region, Susan Creedon, Winner of HSE South Region, Patricia Devers, Winner of HSE West and overall Public Health Nurse of the Year and Patricia McLoughlin, Winner of HSE Midlands Region.
Notes to editor:
Ms Patricia Devers Continence Advisor Mayo PCCC HSE West was nominated by Ann Marie Mc Dermott Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing. Patricia was nominated due to her being a positive role model for nursing in the community. She has demonstrated the importance of bringing a very valuable service to the local community. Patricia researched the need for a Continence Advisory Service in her area and engaged in a wide consultative process which led to an informed Continence Care Delivery Service within that community. The services developed by Patricia such as Nurse Led Adult and Paediatric Clinics plus the Bladder and Bowel Education Programme is evidence of the patient being at the centre of her quality nursing care. Her commitment to a quality service is demonstrated in her active Continuous Professional Development of self and of others and her participation at Regional, national and international forums. As an active member of National and International Groups and Forums Patricia aims to influence developments in this specialised field of continence services. Patricia is awarded the overall winners award based on the excellent description of her practice, her caring, her leadership in clinical practice development and her active sharing and pursuit of knowledge re her specialism so that she can deliver the best quality driven service for her population group.
Ms Patricia Mc Loughlin PHN Nurse Specialist Child Health and Development, Arden Health Centre Tullamore Co Offaly, HSE Midlands was nominated by Kathleen Griffin PHN Service Practice Development Coordinator. Patricia Mc Loughlin is committed to working in partnership with parents and families and in advocating for their needs. She embraces a multidisciplinary/ interdisciplinary approach to delivering the service. Patricia was instrumental in setting up Parents First a voluntary support group for parents and a preschool in the Tullamore Area. She actively advocates for children with identified development problems seeking early interventions while also working in partnership and empowering parents towards optimising their child’s development. Patricia shares her knowledge and expertise with her PHN colleagues, undergraduate and post graduate students and as a member of the area Policies Procedures Protocols and Guidelines Group. She also contributes her expert knowledge to the quality governance of child health services. Having qualified with an MSc Economics and Health Care Management and an MSc in Child Health demonstrates her commitment to ensuring that she has advanced competencies in her service areas which facilitate her in all her professional activities with children, families and professionals.
Sinead Lawlor PHN Kilcock Health Centre Co Kildare HSE Eastern Region was nominated by her colleague Aideen Heneghan Acting Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing. Sinead demonstrated her leadership qualities when she pursued the development of a sleep clinic to assist parents in the area with their child’s/ children’s sleep issues. This clinic aids the health and wellbeing of parents particularly in their parenting roles. Sinead has trained as Sleep Practitioner, obtained a Cat 1 approval from NMBI to run a Sleep Training Course in relation to ‘Behavioural Sleep difficulties in Children’ and will soon train Public Health Nurses in sleep practices, for use in their own practice areas. Sinead takes referrals from all over Kildare and the success of the clinic is demonstrated in the current waiting list for her service. Sinead has shown the ability to bring about change by actively pursuing a definite pathway and bringing a valuable service to the community
Mary Creedon PHN/ Lactation Consultant Macroom Primary Care Centre and Rylane Health Centre HSE South received 2 nominations from her nursing colleagues Catriona Twomey and Denise Keohane . Mary was described as a leading force in the setting up of Breast feeding Support Groups in the Primary Care Centre which now has a growing number of Breastfeeding mothers attending. Mary has also connected with ante natal women towards promotion of breastfeeding and will follow and support the woman into the post natal period. She has demonstrated her commitment by undertaking a Masters In Nursing and the Lactation Consultant Course which provides her with thee expertise required to support and advise breastfeeding Mums. She will soon undertake the Nurse prescribing course to further enhance her practice and enable her to be responsive to breastfeeding mothers and infants at the 1st point of care. Mary contributes to the development of knowledge of the Primary Care Team and of the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Public Health Nursing Service. As a member of the ICHN she is part of the Child Health Interest Group which aims to influence policy in relation to Public Health Nursing Child Health Services. She is always available to her PHN colleagues when they have concerns re a breastfeeding mother. Mary was described as a role model a valuable and distinguished member of the team in Macroom.