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#NursesDay2022 | Nurse wins prestigious award

On International Nurse's Day a senior nurse from University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) has become only the second at County Hospital, Stafford to receive a prestigious award for her work with international nurses. 

Manju Mathews, theatre sister, has been given The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses which recognises the exemplary compassionate nursing care that nurses and midwives provide to their patients and families every day.

Manju Mathews, Theatre Sister

Claire Hughes, head of nursing for critical care and theatres at UHNM, said: “Having been on this pathway herself 20 years previously, Manju has holistically supported the welcoming and progression of UHNM’s international nurses which has been nothing short of amazing.

“Manju has been able to use her own experiences to help and support newly appointed nurses, both within and outside of work, making them feel very valued and included. Manju’s compassion for others exceeds expectation and her commitment to her role is without question exemplary.”

Gaynor Hancock, theatre sister and coordinator, said: “Manju was involved right from the beginning with the international nurses. She ensured that they were valued and a part of the team from the moment they were appointed, making contact with them all as individuals and as a group. Manju guaranteed that we as a department were aware of any new colleagues that would be joining us, posting pictures and telling us about them before they arrived.

“Manju has and continues to celebrate their successes and development, going above and beyond both inside and outside of work making sure they are supported at home with food, furniture and a friendly face. She always gives 100% and if you want to ensure something is completed, you ask Manju.”

Manju Mathews said: “I am extremely humbled and privileged to receive the Daisy Award on International Nurses Day. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without my team and I am so glad we have been able to welcome a number of international nurses to our organisation. I have been at UHNM for 20 years this year and I am so happy to be a part of the team.”

Ann-Marie Riley, chief nurse, said: “It was such a privilege to award Manju with the Daisy Award today. Her nomination clearly shows the positive impact she has on both her colleagues and the arrival of our international nurses. Manju has done really well and we really thank her for sharing her care and compassion with others across the Trust.”   

Manju with Ann-Marie Riley, Chief Nurse

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in the USA, in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) which is an auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this way of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families. The Daisy Award has been adopted by healthcare facilities around the world to celebrate nurses for their extraordinary care and compassion.