08:00 Friday 07 December 2012

'Perfect nurse' in the running for an award

Written byTIM FLETCHER

A HOSPITAL sister from Burton, described as ‘the perfect nurse’, is in the running for a prestigious national award.

Christina Buckley has been nominated for Claire Rayner Patient’s Choice award
Christina Buckley has been nominated for Claire Rayner Patient’s Choice award

Christina Buckley, sister in the chemotherapy unit at the Queen’s Hospital, has been nominated for a Claire Rayner Patient’s Choice award, organised by the journal Nursing Standard.

Mrs Buckley was nominated by Tracey Bowie, from Barton under Needwood, who was so impressed by the care she received while undergoing treatment for breast cancer, she herself has begun training to be a nurse.

She said: “When I had my first session of chemotherapy I was absolutely terrified. I cannot express what a wonderful job Christina did in helping, encouraging and looking after me through a scary and difficult time.

“She held my hand when I was scared, showed compassion when I was poorly and gave me hugs when I needed them.

“She was the perfect role model and the perfect nurse, and she made what potentially could have been a very negative experience a very positive one for me.

“I was so inspired by the help I received, I decided that if I got over my cancer, I wanted to help others and make the difference in people’s lives too.”

Mrs Buckley, from Church Gresley, will find out in January if she has made the final of the awards scheme, named in honour of the late broadcaster and ‘agony aunt’ Claire Rayner, who was a campaigner for high standards of nursing care.

She said: “I’m amazed and overwhelmed to be nominated and it means a lot to me, especially as the nomination has come from a patient.

“Obviously coming in for chemotherapy is a huge thing and patients can find it terrifying, so it’s very important that we treat patients as we would want to be treated if we were going through it.”

Jean Gray, Nursing Standard editor in chief, said: “Congratulations to Christina for being nominated for this unique award. Her nursing demonstrates exactly the kind of qualities that we know Claire Rayner would have applauded.”

The public will be asked to vote for the nurse from the final four they think deserves the accolade, with the winner, who will receive a prize of £500, to be announced in a ceremony in March at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

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