Nurse who helps dialysis patients up for award

Amanda Sharman Picture: David Gee
Amanda Sharman Picture: David Gee

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A NURSING assistant’s work to improve the comfort and care of dialysis patients has been short-listed for a national award.

Amanda Sharman, who works for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, is a finalist in the nursing assistant category of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2016, the profession’s top accolade for excellence.

She said: ‘I was very surprised when I got the email to say I’d been short-listed. I didn’t even know my manager had nominated me.

‘It’s really nice to know my work is appreciated and I feel quite proud. I always feel that I try to put 110 per cent into everything I do.’

As well as caring for patients, relatives and colleagues, dedicated Mandy has championed the provision of safer, more comfortable chairs for patients having dialysis.

She said ‘Our patients have a chronic condition and have to come for dialysis three times a week, every week. We get to know them and their families well.

‘Their satisfaction is important to me and I enjoy getting positive feedback from them and my colleagues.’

Ward manager Denise Sexton, who nominated Amanda, said: ‘She has proved to be an innovative, conscientious, hard-working and very dedicated member of staff, who constantly strives to improve her working practice and to support not only the patients and their relatives but her colleagues as well.’

The winner will be announced on May 6.