A Worthing Hospital nurse was recognised on Thursday (April 25th) for her courage and determination to put patients first.
Janie Whittaker was a winner at the Proud to Care ceremony, the first-ever Sussex-wide awards to celebrate excellence in nursing care in the county. The ceremony was held at the Albion Amex Stadium.
Janie, who is the Head of Nursing for Surgery at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, won the ‘Courage’ category. She leads the surgical nursing teams at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, Worthing Hospital, and Southlands Hospital in Shoreham.
Receiving the award Janie said: “I didn’t do this alone. I did this with a team, and with an organisation, which allows me to be courageous – it is so important that nurses get the support they need to allow them to always do what is right for their patients.”
The Proud to Care awards are designed to recognise the best nurses, midwives, health visitors and care givers throughout Sussex. Nominations could be made for individuals or teams working in hospitals, in the community, in GP practices or care homes.
Cathy Stone, Director of Nursing at the Trust, said: “We are very lucky to have so many nurses at the Trust who do such a wonderful job, but Janie is up there with the best.
“The best thing I could say about her is that, if one of my relatives was in hospital, I would want Janie to be involved in their nursing care.
“If you need a nurse to speak up for a patient, she has the courage and the authority to do so. If you need a nurse to lead colleagues in making changes to ensure that patients are safer, she is brave enough and respected enough to do so.
“She will always put her patients first, and is fearless in that regard – whether it is challenging senior clinical colleagues, or being prepared to lead by example, she will do what is right.”