A Neilston nurse is among many from across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde who have been recognised for their work helping to care for the health and well-being of people in the community.
A total of 27 nurses received the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) Community Award for Long Service at a special online ceremony, marking the dedication and “tremendous contribution” they bring to their roles.
Lorna Kelly, interim director of Primary Care at NHSGGC, presented the awards.
She said: “It is really important to mark the tremendous contribution you have all made and continue to make to families, often across several generations, and to practices.”
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And one local nurse recognised – for 21 years in primary care – was Marie MacAninch.
Marie trained at Glasgow’s Victoria Infirmary as an enrolled nurse initially, then worked for more than 17 years in the attached Mansion House Unit.
She started working in the Glasgow Emergency Medical Services, which became the Out of Hours Service, in 2000.
While working there Marie was asked by one of the GPs she knew from her training in the Mansion House Unit to become a Treatment Room Nurse in Waverley Park Medical Practice, in Glasgow, and received training there.
She stayed at the practice for six years until she moved on to The Ker practice as a practice nurse, where she completed her BSc in Adult Nursing. After six years there, Marie moved to the Ailsa Surgery in Kinning Park where she completed the Non Medical Prescribing Qualification.
Two years ago she moved to the Medical Centre, Neilston, and has since completed the Minor Illness and Triage course at Level 10.
Marie told us: “Since moving into practice nursing, I have learned so much. As well as the formal qualifications I have earned, just working with so many patients over the years has been a huge education in itself. Hopefully my learning will continue in the years to come.”
Marie’s Practice Manager, Rosaleen Kelly, added: “Marie has been at our village medical practice in Neilston for only a couple of years but in that time has had a wonderful impact on our patients had the management of their health. She has brought fresh ideas with her that have rejuvenated bits of our practice, and has been a pleasure to work with.
“If her last two decades in the community have been anything like her last two years, she should be extremely proud of her achievements and we as a city should be very grateful to her outstanding service.”
The awards were presented by QNIS, a charity promoting excellence in community nursing, to any registered nurse who has been working in the community for more than 21 years.
Between them, the NHSGGC nurses have racked up a total of more than 700 years of practice nursing experience in the community, with seven of the nurses having served their communities for more than 30 years.
Dr Sarah Doyle, Deputy Nurse Director at QNIS, said the awards were an important opportunity to “pause, to acknowledge and to celebrate the contribution you all make”
She added: “I know you have seen a lot of changes during the years you have been working in the community. It won’t always have been easy – but when things were tough you kept going. It is a real honour to be here with all this expertise in this virtual room.”
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