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Dedicated nurses rewarded for their outstanding work.

Byline: Fionnuala Bourke Commercial Editor fionnuala.bourke@trinitymirror.com

The Pride of Nursing awards saw some fantastic individuals and teams rewarded for their outstanding work.

It is the second year that the Coventry Telegraph has held the awards to honour the region's best nurses, nominated by their patients and colleagues - and we were overwhelmed by the response.

You told us about nurses who have shown incredible compassion, who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help patients and their families in their care, and who are dedicated to their profession.

These included early pregnancy unit nurse Rachel Meadows, from University hospital Coventry, who helped elisse Anson give birth to daughter Amelia after four miscarriages.

University hospital Coventry and Warwickshire's Ward 34 haematology Unit were also honoured by cancer patient Donna Wilson, who spent four months in hospital.

George elliot hospital teams, including bereavement nurses and specialist care baby unit, were nominated too.

We heard stories that brought tears to our eyes and tales that made us smile.

It is why we are so proud to have presented dozens of nurses who work in the community and in our hospitals with a Coventry Telegraph Pride of Nursing badge and certificate at a ceremony at Coombe Abbey yesterday afternoon (May 11) - a day before International Nurses Day.

Keith Perry, editor of the Coventry Telegraph, said: "Nurses do not do ordinary jobs. They are there for us when we need them most so it was a real pleasure to be able to acknowledge the incredible work of the nurses nominated for our Pride of Nursing Awards.

"Going into hospital can be a frightening experience for patients and nurses can help take away that fear by how they treat people above and beyond the excellent medical care they give.

"It was a privilege to meet our award winners and prove to them what a difference they make to people's lives. I would just like to thank everyone who nominated a great nurse and also our sponsors for making these awards possible."

Michelle Elliot, Director of Nursing at George Elliot, said: "These awards are fantastic, for nurses to be nominated by their patients is a true testament to their hard work. I feel really proud of all our teams here today."

Coventry University, which is producing highquality nurses who can meet the demands of a healthcare career in the 21st century, supported the awards for a second year.

BMI Meriden Hospital, where 98.2 per cent of the patients rated the quality of car as very good or excellent, also backed the honours.

Coventry University's Deputy Head of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Rosie Kneafsey said: "I am really excited to be here. It is really good to see people with a passion for the profession rewarded, and being given something back.

"It is a challenging time for nurses, so it is great to celebrate the commitment and dedication of the award-winners, which include alumni from Coventry University.

"It is good to see some of our nursing mentors, who help our students with their courses, here too."

BMI Meriden Hospital Director of Nursing Alison MacPherson said: "Having been a nurse for 30 years, it is great to be able to attend an event where nurses' contribution to patients and health care is recognises.

"Nursing is a challenging profession and it always will be, so it is great to show how people in the profession are doing a great job."

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| Sharon Rigby (above) and (left) Sara Mellett, and Rosie Kneafsey

| Alison MacPherson (director of nursing at BMI The Meredith) and Joshua Hearne-Wilkins

| Chelsea Bromage, Helen Cockcroft, Jade Matthews, Kirstie Pointer and Karen Sidgwick

| Kelly Levens, Adelle Owen, Caroline Wood, Maria Bull and Suet Wong

| The Tissue Viability Team from Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust

| Alison MacPherson (Director of Nursing at BMI The Meredith)

| Tammy Wood and Coventry Telegraph editor Keith Perry

| The Nursing Team from Ward 34, Haematology University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire

| The Holbrooks Health Team
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