Having devoted more than a decade of her life to caring for patients with unique and complex needs, Luisa Avanzado has been named the overall winner at this year’s Nurse and Midwife of the Year Awards.
A staff nurse on the Berman 2 Ward at City Hospital, Luisa also scooped top honours in the International Nurse of the Year category during a glittering gala dinner at the Crowne Plaza, Nottingham, last night.
Thousands of members of the public cast a vote in an online poll to decide the winners across a range of categories in an increasingly popular competition run by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) along with the Nottingham Post and NET.
They also voted for the overall Nurse and Midwife of the Year, who is now set to see her name replace that of last year’s winner, Cristina O’Loughlin, on the side of one of the city’s trams.
Adrian Wallace, Chief Executive of NET concessionaire Tramlink Nottingham, helped present the award, and commented: “All those shortlist are a credit to their profession, going above and beyond the call of duty to demonstrate the true spirit of nursing and midwifery and the wider principles of our health service.
“Congratulations go to all the winners, and Luisa in particular, on receiving an accolade that reflects the gratitude we all share for our local nurses and midwives.
For a full report on the awards, click here.