Hospital celebrates nursing mentors on International Day of the Nurse

Pictured at the recent award ceremony were Ursula Morgan (Director of Nursing, Roscommon University Hospital) and staff nurses Ogonna Ejikeme, Jessica Okoro, Grainne Keaveney, Wendy Sithole and Silaligo Musa.

Roscommon University Hospital (RUH) celebrated International Day of the Nurse on Friday, May 12th, recognising the contribution of nursing mentors in supporting new colleagues.

18 overseas nurses and midwives took up roles in RUH since the beginning of last year, where they were supported with an adaptation and preceptorship programme. The Saolta Preceptor Recognition Awards is an initiative to publicly acknowledge and thank the nurses who made such a huge impact on new recruits.

In RUH, nurse Gráinne Keaveney was recently honoured with a preceptorship award at the hospital. Gráinne is a staff nurse in St Teresa’s Ward and was nominated by her preceptee, Jessica Okoro.

Jessica said, “I nominated Gráinne because she made me so comfortable and supported me in everything I did. Since the first day of my adaptation, she was very kind, she gave me positive and constructive feedback with loads of support on what I needed to learn. I am very grateful to her”.

Paul Hooton (Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery) and Ursula Morgan (Director of Nursing at RUH) both congratulated Gráinne, who was described as “an outstanding role model”.