Darwen Assistant Practitioner Maria Slater has been announced as a finalist in the 2018 RCNi Nurse Awards, the UK’s most prestigious nursing accolade. Following the award’s highest ever number of nominations in its 31-year history, a panel of expert judges has whittled down over 700 entries to just five inspirational finalists for each award category, and Maria is a finalist in the Healthcare Assistant category. The RCNi Nurse Awards identify and celebrate nurses who, every day, go above and beyond to save lives, provide outstanding care for patients and transform nursing practice for the better.
Maria was shortlisted following her work implementing a pre-diabetic lifestyle programme to reduce prevalence of diabetes with early intervention, lifestyle changes and health promotion. Maria led a team to introduce a lifestyle education programme in response to an audit that identified that no standard blood test was being used for screening patients and no system was in place for recalling patients with pre-diabetes. Maria has spent much of her own time setting up local groups to encourage patients to become more active and the pre-diabetic register has increased from 85 patients to 546 from Maria’s commitment to the cause.
Rachel Armitage, Managing Director at RCNi, said: “The RCNi panel of professional judges voted Maria as a finalist because of her incredible story and because of the impact she has had on the empowerment of patients with respiratory diseases. With the nursing shortage high on the national agenda, it’s important that we give nurses like Maria the recognition they deserve, and we look forward to celebrating her work at the awards in July.”
The hunt for Britain’s nursing heroes started back in December 2017, led by Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, and will culminate in a glamorous awards ceremony on 4th July in central London. Nurses were able to nominate themselves or their colleagues across 14 different categories ranging from Mental Health and Cancer, to Emergency and Student Nursing.
Kate Garraway, RCNi Nurse Awards Ambassador 2018, said “The 2018 RCNi Nurse Award Finalists are all incredible. So often nurses don’t get the recognition they deserve and I can’t wait to celebrate their hard work and dedication at the ceremony in July – if it was up to me I’d crown them all as winners.”
Maria will now go through to the interview stage of the judging process, ahead of the awards ceremony in July.