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Retired Nurse Wins the Award of Merit

The Royal College of Nursing were more than happy to grant her the award

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By Ben Murray
Dumfries and West
Retired Nurse Wins the Award of Merit

A GALLOWAY nurse has received a top honour from the Royal College of Nursing.

Vanessa Martin was granted the award of merit on Sunday June 5 after her talents were recognised and rewarded.

The 77-year-old worked as a clinical nurse specialist focused on cleft services, including establishing the first education programme for nursing children with clefts.

In retirement, she has worked as a secretary for the RCN for five years before being nominated and subsequently winning the highest honour bestowed to members for service to the RCN.

WINNING NURSE. . . (From left to right) Pat Cullen, Andrew Doherty, Vanessa Martin, Kerryn McGowran, Carol Popplestone, Jane-Elizabth Tooke and Dr Denise Chaffer

Julie Lamberth, Chair of the RCN Scotland board said: “Nursing is in Vanessa’s blood.

“Having had a highly successful career, she has taken her energy and enthusiasm for the profession into retirement and is a true credit to the College.

“I’m delighted that Vanessa’s commitment has been recognised with the Award of Merit.”

Vanessa Martin said: “I am truly honoured to receive this award and recognition from RCN.

“It’s been a privilege to work with and support nursing colleagues in the Dumfries and Galloway branch to encourage them to engage with the College and speak up for our profession.

“We are a team and I have received a great deal of support myself from nursing colleagues and the RCN.”

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