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Bristol Nurses Are Top Winners Years Nursing Times Awards

20 November 08

Two nurses from University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust have received the most prestigious prize in nursing.

Emma Fisher and Claire Bohr scooped awards at this years Nursing Times Awards held on 12 November. No other hospital in the country received two awards, making this an outstanding achievement for the Trust.

Emma Fisher, a staff nurse at the Bristol Royal Infirmary Emergency Department won the award for her innovative work in the Accident and Emergency category. Claire Bohr, a Paediatric Stoma Nurse, was recognised in the continence category for her ground-breaking work with children with colostomies.

Emma Fisher changed the way families are approached about the topic of donor transplants after losing a loved one. Emma became aware nurses felt under-confident asking bereaved relatives about tissue or organ donation as it was such a distressing time for the bereaved. With the aid of the local tissue donation team, Emma provided an intensive teaching scheme for nursing staff to educate and challenge the current practice being used.

Emmas hard work has not only improved the Trusts Accident and Emergency department but has helped save the lives of many by increasing the number of donors.

Claire Bohr a Paediatric stoma Nurse worked beyond her scope of her role as a stoma nurse, working with both industry and medical staff to adapt an adult irrigation system to use with children. She developed a bowel management programme for children in the South west who have congenital abnormalities, bowel dysfunction and chronic constipation.

She has taught children as young as five to carry out their own rectal irrigation preventing them from having a surgical operation and improving their quality of life.

After winning the most prestigious prize in nursing Emma said: Winning the award is such a great achievement, I am hopeful that the number of donors continues to rise so that we can save many more lives.

Claire said: I am thrilled to receive this award and hope that Ill be able to continue to raise awareness of this taboo subject, and support children using the treatment.

Graham Rich, Chief Executive for the Trust, says: Its fantastic to know that we have such hard working and talented nurses at UH Bristol. I am also extremely pleased that many of our patients will benefit as a result of their innovative work.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a surprise appearance at the event to give praise to the nurses who were nominated.