Two nurses have been honoured for their outstanding contribution to the profession.
Grace Milner, a clinical nurse specialist for plasma cell disorders from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, and Deon Irozuru, a staff nurse in the endoscopy unit, have been named winners of this year’s Rising Star Awards.
The awards are part of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) London’s celebrations for Black History Month.
They recognise excellence in patient care, innovation and leadership from London’s Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) nursing community.
RCN London received more nominations than ever in 2020, a year that has seen nursing at the forefront of London’s response to Covid-19.
This year’s winners were recognised for giving a voice to staff and patients, for empowering themselves or encouraging others to take action, and for showing
compassion, innovation, and leadership.
Grace, from Bromley, said: “It’s an honour to accept the award. Throughout my career I have strived and continue to raise the profile and give a voice to those with a rare blood cancer that disproportionally effects members within our community.
“Representation and inclusivity are important. Seeing ourselves reflected in images and stories we read has a positive impact. People feel seen and validated.
Deon, from Thamesmead, said: “I was so excited when I was informed that I was chosen as one of the winners of this award and I am glad to have such recognition for doing something I dearly love and has become second nature to me.
“It’s great to be rewarded for the role I played in response to the pandemic.
“Winning this award has encouraged me to continue working hard, serving patients, and supporting my colleagues in whatever way I can and to strive to be the best in what I love and enjoy doing.”
Pictured top: Grace Milner and, inset, Deon Irozuru
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