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‘Perfect nurse’ in the running for an award

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

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

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A HOSPITAL sister from Burton, described as ‘the perfect nurse’, is in the running for a prestigious national 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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  • Burton Mail  |  December 07 2012, 3:46PM

    We would also applaud Chris Buckley - Eileen my wife just last month was diagnosed with breast cancer and Chris has made such a difference with her caring and kind encouragement through the first two treatments she is dedicated and caring human being - can you please let us know how we can vote as she without doubt deserves this award Kind regards Eileen & Terry Evans

  • Burton Mail  |  December 07 2012, 3:06PM

    There's been a lot about how bad things are in the NHS and particularly at the Queen's recently so it's nice to see a good news story. People like Christina are the life blood of the NHS but often all their hard work is unsung. I hope she gets through to the final shortlist and then everyone in Burton should vote for her. Well done Christina!

  • Burton Mail  |  December 07 2012, 11:29AM

    I really hope Chris gets this award. She truly deserves it. When my dad was undergoing chemo she really helped and supported him. She made him feel at ease and always showed great care, compassion and kindness. He hated going for the treatment but used to say one of the only things he liked about it was seeing Chris and the other lovely volunteers. Chris was also a massive support to me and my family. I can’t thank her enough.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 07 2012, 11:16AM

    I could not nominate just one. i was given amazing care, from closing the curtains while i was crying, to stroking my hair to reassure me. They don't get enough thanks.