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Waterford Nurses Win Both Prestigious Awards At INMO Annual Delegate Conference In Kilkenny. 12.05.05

PRESS RELEASE,  Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Ms Mary Mc Cormack-Sandison, a Clinical Nurse Manager in the Surgical Services in Waterford Regional Hospital, received the prestigious Gobnait O’Connell Award at the recent Annual Delegate Conference of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. Mary was nominated for this award, which commemorates the late Gobnait O’Connell, by her nursing colleagues in the Waterford Branch. The award is presented annually in memory of Gobnait, who died tragically in a car accident some years ago, in recognition of her contribution to nursing and midwifery in Ireland. 


Ms Norma Caples, Ms Kelly Meagher and Ms Maria Phelan, all staff nurses working in the Coronary Care Unit of Waterford Regional Hospital were collective winners of the 2011 INMO Research Award, sponsored by CJ Coleman and Co Ltd, for their excellent piece of research on a clinical topic relevant to their area of work. The award comes with a prize of €750. One of the winners, Ms Norma Caples, is also a local INMO representative for the Coronary Care Unit in the hospital. We look forward to hearing more about the implementation of their research at a later date.

Mary is a long-serving INMO Branch Officer and local INMO representative in Waterford Regional Hospital, and has worked tirelessly on behalf of members at the hospital for very many years. Norma has done likewise, and both members have gained the appreciation and gratitude of their colleagues for their work on behalf of INMO members on a wide range of industrial relations issues in the hospital. Added to which, both members have gained the respect of hospital management for their abilities as local INMO representatives, during the recent reconfigurations of their services to ensure more cost-effective and patient-focused methods of care delivery to their patients.

Speaking after the award presentations, INMO General Secretary, Liam Doran said:

“Both Mary and Norma are always pleasant regardless of any crisis, and they treat everyone they meet with dignity and respect. True professionals and trade unionists, they are both tremendous patient advocates who also give selflessly of their own time to advocate on behalf of their nursing colleagues on industrial relations issues. Both members truly deserve the awards they have received, and the INMO are proud to have them as our members. I sincerely thank them both, on behalf of all of us in the INMO, for their sterling work for both members and patients.

In addition, in winning the 2011 INMO Research Award along with her colleagues Kelly Meagher and Maria Phelan from the Coronary Care Unit in Waterford, Norma has proven that it is possible to be both a trade union representative and to excel in the area of clinical research as a nurse. I want to congratulate Norma, Kelly and Maria on their success in winning the Research Award. Nurses like these exemplify the clinical excellence inherent in all nurses, and they are exemplars of how nurses can lead out on clinical research projects which will ultimately benefit their patients. The INMO is proud to count them as our own, and wish them every success as deserving Award winners.” 

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