Community nurses Moraig Orpen and Debbie Royal have been recognised with Queen’s Nurse Awards for their commitment to caring for patients in the community.
Both Moraig and Debbie, who care for patients out of hospital, went to a prestigious ceremony in London to be presented with awards for commitment to nursing and for work mentoring junior nurses.
She said: “It was an amazing day and a privilege to attend.
“If I had been given a crystal ball on the 4 October 1982 to look ahead I would not have believed what is now my career. On that day I arrived as a very excited and frightened 18 year old pupil nurse.”
Since then Moraig has become a hugely experienced nurse who also mentors more junior staff – Debbie was even her first student!
She added: “As a community staff nurse I was fortunate to work alongside many nurses each with their own different leadership and clinical skills. I was given the opportunity to develop my clinical skills and deliver passionate, compassionate complex care to patients within their own homes often being their advocate to ensure they are safe, supporting those at the end of their life and giving their families the support to maintain their care at home.
“My passion to ensure our staff were up to date with all aspect of managing patients with chronic health care needs and long term conditions has also led to the development of junior staff and act as a mentor.
“My desire to influence changes within current healthcare practice and education has been supported by the trust who have allowed me to be a part of NHS England work over the future of education and training of nurses and healthcare assistants, which has influenced new training developments.”
She said: “It was an honour to be invited to such a fantastic event.
“I am committed to delivering the best quality of care at all times to our patients. The care I deliver includes a wide range of care, for example palliative care or supporting patients with long term conditions. I also teach patients, families and carers to be as independent as possible and educate them how to care for themselves and empowering them.
“I support the team and have the respect from the team and I value each and every member I work with. Also, within my role I work alongside Teesside University, interviewing for student nurses, and providing them with mentors. I have a special interest in teaching and I take pleasure from working with students.”
Chief executive Alan Foster said: “It makes me very proud to know we have members of staff like yourself who are truly committed to caring for patients in the community and whose efforts are being recognised with such a prestigious award.”