Army Nurses - be the best

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  1. Army Nurses win honours

    sorry - link only goes to oracle homepage - click link to story of Army nurses receiving BJN awards!
  2. Defence Nursing Teams Honoured

    Monday, June 25, 2007

    Source: MoD


    The British Journal of Nursing Clinical Practice Awards announced in the grand surroundings of the Savoy Hotel in London recently.

    These inaugural awards play an important role in setting standards, encouraging excellence and promoting enthusiasm for the challenging work of nurses working in the UK and throughout the world. For the military nursing teams the awards focused on rewarding excellence and innovation in practice in either the peacetime or operational environment.

    Captain John Bell from the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Strensall, York, won the Defence Nursing Award in recognition of his role as advanced nurse practitioner, making ground-breaking improvements in treating injured soldiers.

    First Highly Commended were Major Susie Hines and the Nursing Team from the Department of Community Mental Health at The Queen Elizabeth Memorial Health Centre in Tidworth, Wiltshire. Second Highly Commended were Major Anton Philpott and a team of nurses and healthcare assistants from the Hospital Squadron-Joint Force Medical Group, Operation HERRICK 4, at Camp Bastion, Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

    Captain Bell said:

    "I consider the Award an acknowledgement of the pioneering work done in the early development of the Regimental Nursing Officer. It is a fitting tribute to those who have served in the role over the last 30 years. The ongoing development of the Nurse Practitioner in the military is evidenced by nurses from across the Defence Nursing Service working to provide this very specialised service for the benefit of their patients both at home and on Operations.

    "The Defence Nursing Service Award is a vindication of their belief in the utility of the role. It was a personal honour to receive the award, yet greater was the honour in acknowledging the outstanding practice in this domain from across the Defence Nursing Service."

    "I consider the Award an acknowledgement of the pioneering work done in the early development of the Regimental Nursing Officer."

    Captain Philpott added:

    "I am of course delighted that my colleagues and I from Hospital Squadron on OP HERRICK 4 (Afghanistan) reached the final of the BJN Awards and warmly congratulate Captain Bell on winning the Defence Nursing Award. The most important thing for me is that all the hard work and excellent clinical care being given on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq by Defence nurses has been highlighted and recognised.

    "Military Nursing has never had such a high profile and I am pleased that we have been able to share with our civilian colleagues the true challenge and diversity that is military nursing."
  3. excellent ..WELL DONE = In arduis fidelis
  4. except that is the motto of the RAMC and the winners were nurses.
  5. It's not like you to be picky and pedantic Foxy .

    Standing by...
  6. Waaaaaah!
  7. That needs to be in capitals Lamster;


    Quality :lol:
  8. I refer the honourable gentlemen to my avatar...

    ...but seriously, it's gotta be good to see this sort of thing going on and could do with yet wider publicity. The medics (tri-Service) are notorious for being a bit tardy with recognising good work and putting people in for awards, when whole battalions of combat troops get citations 'cos they had a bottle thrown at 'em (settle down - joking!).

    Anything that keeps our wider profile in the wider military's eye - and the public eye for that matter - is good news.

    Tea and medals all round, then!
  9. Are they virtual awards? They appear to be holding nothing.
  10. I think that he is holding his stomach in!
  11. Perhaps Mystic Wendy is reading his palm and telling him his fortune...
  12. I know hes holding his stomach in, and managing to disguise his ginger hair too!

  13. “I consider the Award an acknowledgement of the pioneering work done in the early development of the Regimental Nursing Officer. It is a fitting tribute to those who have served in the role over the last 30 years”

    Been there, done that. My first week in Belfast providing leave relief to the present incumbent went like this (having not done NIRTT).

    Day One
    Civi plane landed at Aldergrove. Stood up to move off the plane when I hear this (spoken with a Mrs Doyle accent)
    “Hello *****, you joined the army then?” I’ve just bumped into an Irish nurse who I worked with about 6 months previously in a London hospital and half the passengers are now staring at me. Good start.
    Arrive at MPH Echelon and enquire in the ops room which of those numerous Land Rovers will be heading for Girdwood.
    “A green one” the ops C/Sgt tells me.
    “But they are all green” I point out helpfully. I learn my first lesson in differentiating between colours and call-signs. Having unpacked and got a briefing I settle down for an early night in my room in the med centre.
    “Crack, crack, crack, crack”
    That will be a shoot on the back gate then. Helmet on, body armour on, shit can’t get body armour on whilst wearing a helmet. Helmet off, armour on and dive under the bed. Shit can’t get under the bed ‘cos that’s where I stowed my kit. Give up trying to take cover as the shoot is now long over and Tommy Terrorist is at home with his feet up.

    Day Two.
    Practice the “crash out” procedure but mis-understand the instructions. I thought we all pile into the pig ambulance and when it gets to the ops room I jump out and get a quick briefing before we speed off again. Apparently not; I’m supposed to run to the ops room and get a briefing and meet the ambulance there. I end up running after the ambulance all the way to the ops room. I had hoped that no one of any importance noticed this until at dinner that evening the OC strides in and says
    “Ah Lt. *****, last see chasing his own ambulance”.

    Day Three.
    Called to OP at the top of a block of flats (Templar House) in the New Lodge as a soldier has gashed his hand. Off we go in a pair of Land Rovers and when they stop outside the flats we pile out. A nanosecond later the Rovers have shot off and so have all the soldiers who were with me. I look around and cannot see one friendly face.
    “For f***s sake Sir get over here now!”
    Ah a friendly voice, best do as he says. I’m then instructed to use a small girl as a sandbag.
    “Hello” I say to small girl
    “Feck off you Brit b*****d” she replied and spat in my face.

    Day Four
    Have long hard think about how I’m going to survive the coming months and perhaps more importantly how not to put anyone else at risk.

    Day Five.
    Crash out to North Howard Street Mill, pants were well and truly shat. Horns on the Pig ambulance don’t work properly; two tone has become one tone, get lots of admiring glances from the locals.
    Rest in peace Cpl Terence O’Neil (Army Dog Unit).
    Must remember to keep a spare packet of cigarettes and a lighter on me at all times.

    I think my HSJ award must have been lost in the post.
  14. I must admit, you cant beat the RNO in NI, especially the one in Nov 1999 who was very annoyed to be called away from his game of squash to deal with my ankle injury, he was very off with me (asked me no questions about my job or how the injury occurred), gave me 2 soluble asprin and said it was a sprain and Id be running on it again in 2 weeks, I asked about strapping and was told that sprains arent strapped anymore.
    2 months later and the black, blue, yellow and green swelling has taken in my toes, all you can see is the tips of them and I still cant walk on it.
    I go to see a doctor, I have ruptured medial ligaments, 2 fractured metatarsals and a partial tear to my achilles tendon.
    Just a sprain?