Night nurse project gives Jackie a dose of success

Jackie Waghorn, Oxleas Nurse of the Year 2009

Oxleas Nurse of the Year for 2009 is Jackie Waghorn, Assessment and Home Treatment Manager in Greenwich.

Jackie won the award at the sixth Annual Nursing Conference, which this year was held at Charlton Athletic’s stadium, The Valley.

Jackie told the conference about a pilot project, devised to assess the impact of having senior mental health nurses on duty in the Emergency Department (ED) overnight in a bid to develop new ways or working which might improve user/carer experience and promote a positive view of mental health issues amongst ED staff.

The pilot project ran for nine weeks starting in January this year until the end of March. And in true ‘can do’ style Jackie took the bull by the horns and worked the night shift herself along with senior nurse colleague Kim Suchit.

After being presented with a £250 first prize cheque, Jackie said: I would not have achieved this without the help and support of Kim and my boss, Acute, Crisis & Assessment Shared Care Team, Service Manager, Francis Adzinku.”

One of the main achievements outlined by Jackie during her presentation was the fact that during the nine weeks of having senior nurses on nights, the out of hours admissions rate reduced by almost 50 percent.

Jackie again: “Senior nurses based in the ED out of hours, has demonstrable benefits: a more dignified approach for people in crisis; improved working relationships with ED; staff feel less stressed and more supported and there are reduced admissions and pressure on beds.”

Jackie, and all the other shortlisted candidates, were presented with her prize and a certificate by Ben Thomas, Mental Health and Learning Development ‘Nurse Advisor’ at the Department of Health, who said: “Jackie and everybody else who presented here today did so really well and very professionally.”

The other shortlisted Nurse of the Year candidates were: Clive Stedman, Clinical Team Leader at Health Clinic, Bracton Centre; Jemima Ampomah, Staff Nurse at the Crisis and Home Treatment Team, Bromley; Eben Ofe-Boakye, Team Manager, Greenwich Recovery Team; Shelley Woodcock, Staff Nurse, at Woodlands Millbrook Ward; Ann Gordon and Gaynor Quieros, who were jointly nominated. Ann is a Community Nurse Manager with the Learning Disability Team at Stuart House in Bexley. Gaynor is a Community Nurse there. Each received a cheque for £100.

Published on 8th May 2009