“There are a lot of unsung heroes in this organisation”
PALMER, a sister on the intensive care unit, is keen for members of the public to nominate people for the award because praise from patients means so much to staff members.
“Just seeing people’s reactions to thank you cards shows how much it means, how important it is,” she said.
“It’s not just the nurses, there’s people from the top down who make a real difference.
“There are a lot of unsung heroes in this organisation.”
Carol knows first hand how much an award means, as last year she won one for her commitment to her department.
“It was a recognition of my achievements over the last few years because we’ve done a lot of work on developing the department,” she said.
“We’ve moved within the hospital and I was involved in ‘flu planning and we’re now moving to the new hospital.
“Receiving the award meant a huge amount. I was very surprised and very touched.
“I think we all work hard and sometimes we think the extra effort and time is being taken for granted. I think this award demonstrated that my colleagues and my managers appreciated the work I had done.
“I was quite overwhelmed when I found out I’d been nominated.
“It meant a lot to the department as well because I was representing them and it meant that we’re doing a good job.”