YEP Best of Health Nurse of the Year: Jane Nicholson

Jane Nicholson is presented with her award by Zjak Grobbelaar and Clare Frisby
Jane Nicholson is presented with her award by Zjak Grobbelaar and Clare Frisby
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She was described as “wonder woman” by a patient – and now Jane Nicholson has been named the Nurse of the Year.

Jane, a Macmillan breast care nurse in Leeds, was honoured for her exemplary care of patients suffering from breast cancer.

A touching letter of nomination was full of praise for her, which explained how she provides “amazing” care to patients and described her as “remarkable” and an “angel”.

The judging panel chose her as the winner because of the constant support she provides, through kind words, visits, message, phone calls and hugs.

Jane said: “I am really privileged – it’s a phenomenal job.

“I’m really shocked. It’s a team effort but it’s lovely to be recognised for the care I have given.”

The standard of nominations was so high that the judges also named a runner-up, Gill Fallon, senior sister at the Bexley Wing at St James’s Hospital, who cares for cancer patients.

She was recognised for being an “outstanding” nurse who often comes in when not on duty and has offered to work most Christmases so colleagues can take time off – including this year.

The other nominees in the Nurse of the Year category, which was sponsored by Hays Recruitment, were Janet Tennent, sister on the neurological and stroke unit at Dewsbury Hospital, and Jacqui Pollington, respiratory nurse specialist at Pontefract Hospital.

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