Cornish cancer nurse, Lynn Dunne, who works for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, has been announced as a finalist in the 2018 RCNi Nurse Awards, the UK’s most prestigious nursing accolade. Lynn is a key member of a pioneering project between Macmillan Cancer Support and the Trust to improve and promote best practice in cancer, palliative and end of life care when patients have to access urgent and emergency care services predominantly through 999.
As a Macmillan cancer care development facilitator, part of Lynn’s role is enabling paramedics to improve symptom control for patients with cancer or at the end of life, ensuring they can remain in their own homes where appropriate. Patients in rural areas who have difficulty engaging with primary care services or who are not covered by an out-of-hours community nursing service were being taken to hospital when medications had run out, or for symptoms which could be addressed at home. Lynn and fellow project team colleague, Louise Pennington worked collaboratively to produce patient group directions and then provided training to paramedics so that they can administer the four commonly used ‘Just in Case’ medications. Paramedics also have access to specialist resources produced by the team and have been trained to help patients manage symptoms such as breathlessness in advanced cancer.
Rachel Armitage, Managing Director at RCNi, said, “The RCNi panel of professional judges voted Lynn Dunne as a finalist because of her incredible story and because of the impact she has had on people with cancer. With the nursing shortage high on the national agenda, it’s important that we give nurses like Lynn the recognition they deserve, and we look forward to celebrating her work at the awards in July.”
The RCNi Nurse Awards identify and celebrate nurses who, every day, go above and beyond to save lives, provide outstanding care for patients and transform nursing practice for the better. Just five inspirational finalists for each award category have been chosen from more than 700 entries and Lynn is a finalist in the Cancer Nursing Award category.
The hunt for Britain’s nursing heroes started back in December 2017, led by Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, and will culminate in a glamorous awards ceremony on 4th July in central London. Nurses were able to nominate themselves or their colleagues across 14 different categories ranging from mental health and cancer, to emergency and student nursing.
Kate Garraway, RCNi Nurse Awards Ambassador 2018, said, “The 2018 RCNi Nurse Award finalists are all incredible. So often nurses don’t get the recognition they deserve and I can’t wait to celebrate their hard work and dedication at the ceremony in July – if it was up to me I’d crown them all as winners.”
Lynn will now go through to the interview stage of the judging process, ahead of the awards ceremony in July.