THE courage and determination of a nurse to put patients first has been recognised by winning an award.
Janie Whittaker was a winner at the Proud to Care ceremony – the first-ever Sussex-wide awards to celebrate excellence in nursing care in the county.
Janie, who is the head of nursing for surgery at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust – which runs St Richard’s Hospital, in Chichester – leads surgical nursing, and won the ‘courage’ category.
Janie said: ‘I didn’t do this alone. I did this with a team, and with an organisation, which allows me to be courageous – it is so important that nurses get the support they need to allow them to always do what is right for their patients.’
The Proud to Care awards were designed to recognise the best nurses, midwives, health visitors and care givers throughout Sussex.
Cathy Stone, director of nursing at the trust, said: ‘We are very lucky to have so many nurses at the trust who do such a wonderful job, but Janie is up there with the best.’