RCSI Nursing Excellence Awards - International Nurses Week

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Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health for All

 Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin

Awarding our nurses for their Care, Compassion and Commitment to Children’s Nursing

Nursing Excellence Awards

Children’s Nurses at Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin were recognised today (15 May 2019) for their outstanding contribution in Nursing in the fields of clinical, management, education and life time achievement awards. The annual RCSI nursing excellence awards ceremony this year brought a double celebration as this is also International Nurses week. The nurses at CHI Crumlin treat over 120,000 patients annually throughout 39 clinical specialities. 

Speaking at the Symposium Director of Nursing at CHI at Crumlin Tracey Wall said: “This year’s theme is entitled “Health for All”. The roles nurses fulfill in CHI at Crumlin are extremely valued. This week we want to say a special thank you to all our nursing staff for dedicating their careers to delivering outstanding paediatric patient care.  We asked the children to get involved and with the help of our Play Specialists, the children drew pictures of their favourite nurse and wrote wonderful poems.  Some of the poems that struck a chord with me, really highlights how important a nurse is to an unwell child: 

"The things you are” by Sophia Age 11Sophia poem

You are so kind and caring too, When I go home I will miss you!

Even though I might be in pain, you turn my frown upside down!

When I cry you never sigh, Just holding my hand and asking why?

The overall award entitled The Chris Mc Mahon Lifetime Achievement went to Gill O’Callaghan, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Pain Management who was overjoyed to accept the award.  Gill reminded all her colleagues that is it important to know that although nursing roles are exciting and often we face challenges, nurses continue to do a great job in caring for the sick children in Ireland and we should continue to be proud of our successes.

Nursing is at the heart of children’s care and CHI at Crumlin is proud to recognise all the nurses that are part of this amazing team. Being a child’s nurse is a very specialised career and at CHI nurses can avail of so many opportunities and experience in a dynamic learning environment. CHI recognises the skill it takes to become a children’s nurse and there are always career opportunities for any nurse who wants to join this team. CHI continues to drive a major recruitment campaign to attract nurses from all over the world to come to work at Crumlin. You do not need Children’s nursing experience as we would be delighted to give you the opportunity to train and further develop your skills here at the hospital.  The nurses at CHI Crumlin are dedicated to its Vision – Healthier children and young people throughout Ireland. There are a large variety of roles for nurses at CHI: a nurse may work in one of the 39 specialities that the hospital offers, or in one of the supporting areas such as theatres, outpatient care, palliative care and research – see careers page www.chi.jobs

  • The Chris Mc Mahon Lifetime Achievement Award:  Gill O’Callaghan, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Pain Management


  • Management Nursing Awards 2018:  Marie Dempsey, Clinical Nurse Manager, St Joseph’s Ward


  • Clinical Nursing Award 2018: Sissy Thomas, Staff Nurse, St Michael’s Ward


  • Education Nursing Award 2018: Mary Gorman, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Resus Dept


  • Most Supportive Ward: Our Lady’s Ward


  • Most Supportive Nurse: Emma O’Brien, Staff Nurse, St Joseph’s Ward


  • Healthcare Assistant Award   Helen Best