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The Nursing Times Awards 2020 and the Nursing Times Workforce Awards are open for entries
As the country knows and applauds, nurses everywhere have been working so incredibly hard due to the unforeseen pressures of Covid-19, with staff in every sector and setting involved somehow.
People are tired, but hopefully over the next few months, many services can start to get back to some kind of normal, dependent of course on the emergence or not of a second wave of Covid-19.
No doubt, in many ways it will be a new kind of normal. If nothing else, the coronavirus pandemic has put a very positive spotlight on the work of nurses and has showcased the profession at its very best.
We have seen on television inspirational nurses at every level doing their job with skill, expertise and professionalism, but under extremely challenging conditions.
Likewise, we have been really impressed by the innovations and changes in ways of working that we have heard nurses around the country are pioneering and helping to implement.
Just for example, there have been nurse-led initiatives to help redeployed workers or specialist staff be more easily identifiable to colleagues and ways to help patients keep in contact with loved ones.
Nurse managers have also been instrumental in their organisations’ planning and implementing of the safe redeployment of staff, as well as leading on the adoption of ways to support staff wellbeing.
These changes and initiatives – some simple, some complex – have helped patients and colleagues at a time of crisis and in many cases look set to be retained or developed further in the wake of Covid-19.
As well as these, there must be many more examples of nurses going the extra mile or being innovative that are yet to be highlighted and that’s where you come in.
While 2020 has not been the year that we expected or hoped for so far, Nursing Times would like to ensure that the exceptional work of nurses around the country is celebrated and rightly recognised.
Our awards this year were already set to be special because 2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Now, due to the coronavirus pandemic, they have taken on a fresh dimension.
We have extended the deadline for the Nursing Times Awards 2020 until Friday 17 July as we do not want people to miss out and particularly want to recognise your efforts during the pandemic.
Among the 23 categories are Emergency and Critical Care, Infection Prevention and Control, Respiratory Nursing, Nurse Leader of the Year and Florence Nightingale Nurse of the Year. You can enter yourself or your team and in some categories you can nominate a colleague. Likewise, if you know someone who deserves to win one of our awards, please encourage them to enter.
Meanwhile, the current closing date for entries for our Workforce Awards, now in its third year, is Friday 12 June 2020, so also getting close, but we will also be considering an extension.
Across 16 categories, the awards aim to highlight and reward innovation in workforce planning and management that contributes to sustaining the nursing workforce – never more important than now.
With the response to Covid-19 in mind, our categories include Best Wellbeing and Staff Engagement Initiative, Nurse Manager of the Year, Workforce Team of the Year, and Best Use of Technology to Improve the Working Environment.
So, while we are very aware that awards may not be your main focus right now, we think it is a great opportunity to promote how nursing has risen to the challenge of Covid-19 and beyond.
If you can spare the time, please take a look at the categories and consider entering the 2020 Nursing Times Awards or the Nursing Times Workforce Awards or both.