Bereavement care pioneer named ‘Nurse of the Year’

Date: 15 March 2017

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An East Lancashire nurse who works with families during the most difficult times in their lives has won the 2017 “Nurse of the Year” award presented by the British Journal of Nursing (BJN).

Erin Bolton, who is Bereavement Care Lead Nurse at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, was announced the winner of the prestigious title at the BJN Awards in London which recognise and celebrate the individuals going above and beyond in delivering nursing care.

“Erin is an exceptional leader in the field of bereavement care,” says Deputy Director of Nursing, Julie Molyneaux. ““Her award is a true reflection on what she has achieved and what she has brought to the people who come into her care.”

“Good end of life care is hugely important and Erin leads the way in delivering excellent support for bereaved families, as well as introducing new ideas to ensure we provide high quality and personal care in such difficult circumstances.”

Erin, who is based at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, is also Bereavement Care Nurse for Burnley General Teaching Hospital Clitheroe Community, Pendle Community Hospital and Accrington Victoria Community Hospital.

Erin provides emotional support to patients, families and staff, helping them find practical support and specialist services. She has introduced a number of new initiatives so hospital staff can give the right care to patients and families, and played a leading role in appointing Bereavement Champions, Trust staff who are recognised for going the extra mile to ensure end of life patients are treated with the dignity and care they deserve.

Judges at the ‘Nurse of the Year’ award, which was open to all nurses in the UK, were especially impressed by Erin’s achievement in training 100 colleagues in Nurses' Verification of Death in just 12 months.

Among Erin’s many bereavement initiatives at East Lancashire Hospitals has been the introduction of care plans for dying persons and the introduction of ‘Comfort Packs’ of toiletries used  by family members and friends who choose to stay in hospital to support a patient reaching the end of life.

Addressing an audience featuring some of the most influential nurses in the country, Erin explained how proud she was to win the award and to be a bereavement nurse.

“I never expected to hear my name being read out as the winner on the night but I am delighted. I was up against some remarkable people in my category so I am extremely proud to have won,” said Erin.

“I feel very honoured to be a bereavement nurse and work with colleagues to make a real difference to patients and families during the most difficult times of their lives.”

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    An East Lancashire nurse who works with families during the most difficult times in their lives has won the 2017 “Nurse of the Year” award presented by the British Journal of Nursing (BJN).

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