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Waterford Nurses recognised for excellence

Waterford Nurses Recognised for Excellence


There were celebrations at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) when two of their nurses received a prestigious international Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Care 2017 at the international EuroHeartCare conference in Sweden.


The award recognises nurses who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in providing heart and cardiovascular treatments. It is the first time UHW has received an international award for this speciality. The international judging panel was appointed by the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP) and European Society of Cardiology (ESC).


Shortlisted from over 250 entries from hospitals around the world, UHW cardiology nurses Norma Caples and Edel Cronin travelled to Jonkoping, Sweden where they presented their case study on the risks of using protein supplements to a panel of cardiovascular experts. The nurses were then selected as the ultimate winners of the award, presented by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions.


They examined the effects of protein supplements on the cardiovascular system by observing a patient who initially presented at the Cardiac Unit of University Hospital Waterford for an ECG. A comprehensive health history of the 32-year-old body builder was carried out, which revealed his daily habitual usage of protein supplements. Despite education and consequently deteriorating health, it took over 12 months for the patient to accept the dangers of protein supplements.This patient now has end-stage renal disease and requires dialysis four times a week.


Norma Caples, Clinical Nurse Specialist/ Registered Nurse Prescriber, UHW Heart Failure Unit, explained that they had no idea of their victory until their names were called out.


“It was such a privilege to be chosen as the overall winner of excellence in practice in cardiovascular care. Both myself and Edel have always put a lot of work in to improving our practice in cardiovascular care to ensure patients receive high standards of treatment so it means a lot to be awarded for that,” said Norma.


Edel Cronin, Clinical Nurse Manager CNM2/Registered Nurse Prescriber, UHW Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory, said:

“I was so delighted that we were invited to present our abstract as one of the eight finalists but to be awarded the overall winner was overwhelming. This is such a prestigious award and to be the receiver of it reflects our hard work and dedication.”


Claire Tully, UHW Director of Nursing, paid tribute to the pair, saying,

“Edel and Norma are outstanding nurses who are most deserving of the recognition they’ve received and the honour that has been bestowed on them. The contributions they make to nursing and patient care are an inspiration to their colleagues and co-workers, and they are true gems in our profession.”