Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore nurse, Patrice Berry, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Cardiology, was nominated and short-listed to the final three in the Nursing Excellence Awards held in Trinity College Dublin on 25th March 2023. This was in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Irish Nurses Cardiovascular Association.
Patrice Berry with Louisea Burke Director of Nursing, Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore.
She was nominated for the award in Chronic Cardiovascular Care (Heart Failure/ Arrhythmia Care/ Vascular Care/ other). This award recognises individuals or teams who have demonstrated excellence in supporting patients who live with chronic cardiac illnesses. Those nominated will have demonstrated in their daily work the establishment of relationships with patients and their caregivers. They will also have demonstrated evidence- based practice, knowledge and promotion of wellbeing with an emphasis on maximising resources and the persons quality of life.
Patrice Berry with Aine Lynch (Interim Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery Dublin Midlands Hospital Group) at the awards ceremony on March 25th.
Patrice, originally from Glasson, Athlone, Co Westmeath started her Nursing Career in Bedfordshire UK in 1998. She qualified with a diploma of Higher Education in Nursing in 2001. Beginning her career as a general nurse, this was followed with an opportunity of a seconded post to Coronary Care in the Luton & Dunstable Hospital Bedfordshire which is where her passion for cardiac nursing developed.
Returning to Ireland in 2003 as a staff nurse in St Vincents Hospital CCU Dublin she subsequently completed a Higher Diploma in Nursing, Cardiovascular pathway through the University College Dublin.
Having joined the Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore in 2007 as a staff nurse in Coronary Care, she completed a Professional Certificate in Heart Failure from University College Dublin in 2010. This enhanced her ability to further her career in Cardiac Nursing.
Patrice joined the Cardiology Department in Tullamore Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2014 and since then has completed a Certificate in Nurse Prescribing 2017 (Royal college of Surgeons).
Sharon Maher, CNS Cardiology MRHT, who nominated Patrice for the award says ‘I have been privileged to work alongside Patrice for the last 10 years in the care of heart failure patients in the Midlands. I find her to be diligent, enthusiastic and dependable in her care of heart failure patients. She is an incredible nurse and goes over and beyond the call of duty in her care for her patients she always strives for improvements where possible’.
Aine Lynch, Interim Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery Dublin Midlands Hospital Group stated ‘I would like to congratulate Patrice on being shortlisted in recognition of her excellent work in supporting patients who live with chronic cardiac illnesses and acknowledge the positive and real impact based practice, knowledge and promotion of wellbeing is having on patients experiencing heart failure across and greatly improving a person’s quality of life.’ This was part of a series of awards by the National Irish Nurses Cardiovascular Association 25th Anniversary Awards Ceremony in recognition of cardiovascular nurse excellence in Ireland.
Louisea Burke, Director of Nursing in the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore congratulating Patrice stated, ‘The management in Tullamore Hospital would like to congratulate Patrice on this nomination. To be shortlisted is a wonderful achievement for our hospital and a testament to the hard work which continues to make a positive impact on heart failure patients' lives in the Midlands region.’