Care home nursing associate Emily Burton has become the first in her professional class to receive a Chief Nursing Officer award for Adult Social Care.
Emily is only the second ever recipient of these awards – and the first in residential social care – to receive the CNO ASC award, which was launched just under two months ago.
She was nominated by her employers at Stewton House in Louth who supported her through the registered nursing associate training as one of the first graduates in the role in 2019.
She received the award as recognition of her hard work and her place as a positive role model, mentor, and inspiration to her team.
Emily has progressed from the role of care assistant, which she started in 2010 with no relevant experience, through to a registered nursing associate, and now deputy manager of a 48-bed nursing home.
As a nursing associate she works with the care team, leading by example and encouraging them to increase their skills and learn new processes. Her positive example has led to one other care assistant from the home qualifying as a registered nursing associate last year and two others enrolling this year.
Emily has also volunteered her time to support the Lincolnshire Care Association and the workforce development team in Lincolnshire to promote the nursing associate course.
The award to Emily for her work as a registered nursing associate comes on the same day as Skills for Care release their ‘An employer’s guide to the deployment of qualified registered nursing associates in social care settings’ which will support social care employers in deploying the new role of nursing associate within their organisation.
The Chief Nurse Adult Social Care Awards recognise the outstanding care, leadership, and inspiration shown by social care nurses to colleagues, patients, and residents throughout the country.
As a first of its kind, the awards intend to celebrate and promote the rewarding profession of social care nursing as well as the exceptional individuals within it, and each award winner will be encouraged to become a social care ambassador to raise the profile of the social care nursing profession.
The winners of each award will be selected by a board of CNO and ASC representatives led by Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care Deborah Sturdy.
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