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added october 6th 2011

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Outstanding nurse recognised at REED awards

A nurse from Croydon has been named as winner of the inaugural Reed Nurse of the Year Awards at a prestigious awards ceremony at The Ritz. The awards, founded by recruitment specialist Reed Nurse, were launched in 2011 to recognise the outstanding care provided by the UK’s nursing profession.

Katie Greenaway, a sexual health outreach nurse for young people, was chosen as the overall winner from a shortlist of 20 nurses. Katie was awarded £1,000 in holiday vouchers.

Craig Schlebusch, divisional manager at Reed Nurse, said: “We launched the Reed Nurse of the Year Awards to showcase and reward outstanding nurses who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. We wanted to recognise those who put in that extra effort to help make their patients’ lives easier.

“We received over 650 nominations from across the country and invited the 20 outstanding finalists to join us for a luxury afternoon tea at The Ritz. Our overall winner, Katie Greenaway, was selected due to her understanding and rapport with young people. She set up eight sexual health outreach clinics from scratch and over the last two years has helped hundreds of young people, many of them vulnerable with chaotic lifestyles and a complex relationship with sex and sexuality. Katie’s work has made young people in Croydon feel confident enough to access the services provided for them and has helped a reduction in teenage pregnancies across the borough.”

On her win, Katie Greenaway commented: “It was a surprise just to hear that I had been nominated, let alone to win! However, I am extremely pleased because we work hard as a team to provide the best outcomes for the young people we work with and I am proud of what we have achieved in just a couple of years.

“It is also great that Sexual Health Nursing has been recognised and rewarded, as it is not always viewed as the most glamorous field of nursing! It was brilliant to meet the other finalists and to hear about the amazing work that nurses are doing all over the country. I would like to say thank you to my colleagues, the young people I work with and to Reed Nurse.”

The runner-up was Sarah Varma, a stoma care nurse from Harrow who has been involved with a local stoma support group for ten years, where patients with stoma can ask for advice over informal coffee mornings.

Reed Nurse also helped fundraise for Help for Heroes by donating the amount equivalent to half an hour’s nursing to the charity for every nomination received for the Reed Nurse of the Year Awards.  

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