Inspirational Lynsey is Scotland’s ‘Nurse of the Year’

Thursday May 30th 2024

Lynsey Russel

Lynsey Russell, senior charge nurse in BGH’s Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU)


Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Paul Kelly

An inspirational nurse who has helped transform intensive nursing care at Borders General Hospital has been named the Royal College of Nursing Scotland’s Nurse of the Year.

Lynsey Russell, senior charge nurse in BGH’s Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU), received the award at a glittering ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on May 23.

It was recognition of her clinical leadership, commitment to delivering for her patients and efforts to upskill and inspire the future nursing workforce.

Since taking on the role of senior charge nurse within ITU three years ago, Lynsey has led on several projects aimed at both enhancing patient care and improving staff well-being.

Her colleagues describe her as committed and passionate about intensive care nursing and she was nominated by them for creating a working environment in which nursing is consistently valued, recognised and supported.

The judges said they were inspired by her passion, dedication and outstanding contribution to nursing and that her nomination was a fantastic example of the very best of nursing in Scotland.

Another award winner from NHS Borders, Rachel Gardiner, was part of the team of Queen’s Nurses who won the Learning Disability Award.

Rachel and the team were nominated for their work on the QNIS Think COULD animation project, which aims to raise awareness about the need for better support for individuals with learning disabilities in the justice system.

The team were said to have gone “above and beyond” to reduce health inequalities by ensuring people with learning disabilities are supported.

Sarah Horan, director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals at NHS Borders, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Lynsey and Rachel won the awards they were nominated for at the RCN awards. They are both worthy winners and deserve to be recognised for their hard work and dedication. We are incredibly proud of them both.

“Lynsey also winning the RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year title is a truly magnificent achievement. Lynsey works incredibly hard to make sure things are the best they can be for both her patients and her colleagues – and this award is a testament to how well she manages to do that every single day.”

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