Dawn Rhodie, who works at Amore Care’s Apple Mews care home in Armagh, has been named as Registered Nurse of the Year in the Northern Ireland Independent Care Awards 2014.
Dawn underwent a stringent final stage interview with an independent judging panel before triumphing in the category, which states that the winner ‘will be an outstanding nurse with the ability to lead and inspire a team who demonstrates high standards of nursing care and treatment. He or she will excel in the essentials of nursing care including dignity and respect to residents and clients, good hygiene, infection control and nutrition and fluids in maintaining good health.’
The many citations Dawn received included ‘nothing is too much trouble and Dawn goes way above and beyond the call of duty to make life easier for both staff and residents’ and ‘her wealth of experience is invaluable to newer nurses and she is totally supportive to all the staff’.
Amore Care employees received a number of nominations in the Northern Ireland Independent Care Awards 2014, winning the Registered Care Manager of the Year award and being shortlisted in a number of categories.
Adrian Pancott, chief executive office at Amore Care, said: “I am proud and delighted to congratulate Dawn on winning this prestigious award. It is testament to her hard work, skills and experience and the high esteem she is held in by everyone she works with, including her colleagues, our residents and their families.
“I am also proud of the whole Amore Care team across Northern Ireland who provide exceptional care to our residents day in and day out.”
Apple Mews has been developed to provide care for up to 30 adults with learning disabilities, autism and complex physical disabilities.
It will provide nursing care and a range of programmes to support the development of independence and life skills. Residents will also have access to daily activities including arts, music, education, sensory and outdoor activities. The homely and comfortable environment has been designed to enable person-centred care and to assist people who cannot live in their own homes to maintain as much independence as possible.