Lynn Holden, Registered Nurse, wins December’s Bank Worker of the Month Award

Lynn Holden, Registered Nurse, wins December’s Bank Worker of the Month Award

The ‘Bank Worker of the Month’ award recognises NHS Professionals’ Bank Members who provide excellent quality of care to patients, achieve high standards across our core values and meet the 6Cs – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment. There is an award for three categories; Care Support Worker or Healthcare Assistant, Specialist Nurse and Registered Nurse. Every month each of the winners receives a Kindle as a thank you for all their hard work. In order to win this award the workers must fulfil the following criteria:

• Achieve ‘5 – Excellent’ on all five of the sections of the ‘Performance Evaluation System’, which is completed by the Ward Manager at the end of each shift.
• Cancelled no shifts for that month.
• Filled the highest number of shifts in the month for which they are being considered for.

We are delighted to announce that one of December’s winners was Lyn Holden, Registered Nurse at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. We spoke to Lyn to find out more about her and her working life.

How do you feel about winning this award?

I was shocked really, I couldn’t believe it – I’m just doing my job. Us nurses are really busy and often short staffed so to get a bit of recognition for the work that we do is just great.

How did you get into nursing? Have you ever won awards before?

I always knew I wanted to care for people, but I had no confidence when I was younger. I proved everybody wrong when I passed my nursing and driving exams and have since even won an award for my services to nursing. Even though I didn’t get it in the end, I was blown away when I was later nominated for an MBE by former colleagues.

Why did you choose to work for NHS Professionals?

I had initially chosen early retirement to look after my father who was dying. I believe in really good, efficient care and I wanted to provide him with it myself. We had a great year together and did everything on his bucket list – from travelling in a hot air balloon to volunteering in a soup kitchen. After my father passed away, I decided not to hang up my nursing boots and went for the interview with NHS Professionals.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I most enjoy being out with patients, delivering the best care that I can.

What is the best thing about working for NHS Professionals?

I like the flexibility and the fact that you’re your own person. You can just come into work and make a difference.

Congratulations to Lyn and all the other December winners! Thank you to all of our workers for ensuring that patients receive the best care possible, and for being great ambassadors for NHS Professionals.

About the author

NHS Professionals administrator

NHS Professionals manages the temporary staffing needs of around 66 NHS Trusts across England. An integral part of the NHS, it aims to reduce Trusts’ spending on flexible workers without compromising quality, by providing greater transparency of demand and supplying bank staff at the best possible rate. Its bank of more than 40,000 flexible workers comprises general and specialist nurses, doctors, midwives, admin/clerical , allied health professionals, healthcare scientists, support services among other healthcare professionals.

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