Best of Health Awards: Hospital Nurse of the Year

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IT was an emotional return for Jeanette Barnes to collect her winner’s trophy.

The neonatal intensive care unit nurse won the Hospital Nurse of the Year category, at this year’s Best of Health Awards 2013.

Hospital Nurse of the Year Jeanette Barnes receives her award from  Jon Brooks

Hospital Nurse of the Year Jeanette Barnes receives her award from Jon Brooks

In her role, Jeanette works with premature babies, or those who need extra help.

She took the accolade two years ago, and dedicated the award to the memory of her father.

She said: ‘I’m so chuffed to have won again.

‘I’m blown away by it – thank you to the parents who nominated me for the award.

‘My father passed away two years ago, and he was so proud of me when I won then.

‘And I think he would be immensely proud of me again.’

Jeanette, who works in Queen Alexandra Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, was put forward by parents whose children have spent time in that department.

She has been described as a caring nurse, an amazing woman, and someone who goes above and beyond her call of duty.

‘I love what I do, I love my babies and their families,’ added Jeanette.

‘I want all the children to be wandering around and causing me chaos and mischief at coffee mornings.

‘As I’m tidying toys away, they are pulling them back out again.

‘I’m so happy to have won – I have a matching pair of trophies now.’

Jeanette was presented the award at this year’s ceremony, held in Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday.

Runner-up in the category was Elaine Bowes.

The gynaecologist oncology associate nurse, at QA, was nominated for also being caring.

Dorothy Petty, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, said: ‘I was lucky enough to meet Elaine while being treated for ovarian cancer.

‘She not only helped me – and is still doing so – but helped me start a support group for women with ovarian cancer.

‘Ask anyone who has come across Elaine and they will tell you she is a star.’

Elaine was presented a certificate.

The category was sponsored by Wave 105.