Children’s nurseup for top award
A Dumbarton nurse who cares for children with digestive disorders has told of her honour to be shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
Lisa Gervais, who works at the Royal Hospital for Children as a research nurse specialist, is in the running to receive the Nurse of the Year title at the Nursing Times awards.
Lisa is the only Scotlandbased nurse to be shortlisted in her category, the result of which will be announced at a glittering event in London.
Former Dumbarton Academy pupil Lisa will now attend a selection interview panel in London next month, ahead of the November ceremony.
Speaking about her nomination, she said: “I was shocked but delighted to be nominated by my manager and the lead clinician Professor Richard Russell.
“I had to read and re-read the email when it came through. I’m really grateful and delighted that colleagues took the time to nominate me.
“I really feel honoured to be recognised in this way for a job I love.
“The great thing about it is that I get to combine clinical work, with exciting research work. It really is the best of both worlds.”
Lisa, who now lives in Anniesland, was nominated by lead clinician Professor Richard Russell and her manager Vikki Garrick, who said she “transformed” the role to make it her own.
Vikki said: “Lisa has only been with us for two years and is the first person in our team to ‘morph’ the two roles of research and patient care.
“Her research targets have gone through the roof – up by 300 percent – as she has such a great rapport with her patients.
“She has transformed the role of the clinical IBD nurse by integrating research into clinical practice, increasing the number of patients taking part in clinical research studies and promoting innovation in clinical practice driven by research findings.
“Lisa is driven, knowledgeable and above all, patient centred and we feel, very worthy of this award and we wish her well.”
Honour Lisa is in line for the top award