Chil­dren’s nurseup for top award

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Carla Tal­bot

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

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