Cancer nurse in line for national award

August 31 2018
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A NURSE who lives in Fishponds has reached the final round of a competition to recognise outstanding workers in her profession.

Tracey Arthur, a senior nurse at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, was nominated for her support for local charity Above & Beyond, the official NHS charity which fundraises for the city centre hospitals.

During a series of tough challenges, Tracey has raised £9,500 for Above & Beyond and even volunteers for the charity.

The competition, organised by recruitment agency Hays Healthcare, will see the winning nurse bag £1,000 for a charity of their choice, while the two runners up will each receive a £500 donation. 

Nurses from across the UK were nominated by their colleagues for the award, and the winner will be selected from a shortlist of three exceptional nurses via an online vote.

Tracey said: "I like to give more than 100 per cent and have high expectations and standards. I don’t feel like I am any different with the patients than I am at home – it’s the small things that count, if you give a lot then you get a lot back. 

"I love to meet people I wouldn’t normally come across, from youngsters with family all around them, to the elderly who may be more isolated. I am also now involved in clinical education as well as working on the ward, and enjoy passing on my experience to others."

Tracey was nominated by Amy Barnard-Smith, community fundraiser for Above & Beyond who said: "Tracey is a senior staff nurse in our Haematology and Oncology Centre and an active fundraiser for Above & Beyond. Tracey has raised an amazing £9,500 by taking part in various challenges including skydiving, cycling and abseiling. She is also a ward ambassador, volunteers for the charity and has been in several publications to help raise the profile of the charity.

"Tracey’s support is hugely valued by everyone. Always enthusiastic, her drive and determination have helped fundraise for some vital projects. Tracey is passionate about providing the very best care available to her patients and has supported our charity in its vision to ensure patient care in Bristol city centre hospitals is the very best it can be."

Simon Hudson, director at Hays Healthcare added: "The Nurse of the Year awards recognise amazing nurses like Tracey who go above and beyond to offer unconditional care and attention to their patients. These dedicated professionals stand with us through the best and worst times of our lives and Hays Healthcare wants to recognise the great work they do."

Voting closed on August 31 and winners will be announced shortly.