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Tomás  Costa-Lima
389
votes

Tomás Costa-Lima

Four years ago I underwent a hysterectomy and Tomas was my CRNA. During the surgery I had a PCR and a lung collapsed. The anesthesiologist wasn't even in the hospital. Tomas saved my life! Since then he's my best friend!
Cindy De Visscher
195
votes

Cindy De Visscher

Several people told me that Cindy is the prototype for a perfect OR-nurse. She is eager to learn and always willing to share her knowledge. She participates in the local OR-nurse organizations. At the moment she works in different ORs of our hospital group as OR nurse (she jumps in to help when colleagues are ill -- our A-team). To work temporarily in different ORs with different colleagues, surgeons, systems and methods means that she is very flexible and is a hero in managing stress for herself, patients and the surgical team. In this difficult job she is very well-accepted by all the team members of the different hospitals. Because we are a merging hospital group, we learn a lot about our organisation via Cindy. She helps us to grow in education, efficiency and quality. Cindy has a viral effect in a positive way on our colleagues.
Bernardino Tomei
196
votes

Bernardino Tomei

Un grande professionista capace, curioso ed appassionato del suo lavoro. Professionista interessato a trasmettere conoscenze tecniche e non, riesce ad armonizzare il gruppo.
Ilknur Yayla
101372
votes

Ilknur Yayla

She completed her master's degree in 2013. Her graduate project was safe surgical practices of operating room nurses. She has started to work at Marmara University Hospital, neurosurgery OR in 1987. Now she is working as the director at Acibadem Health Group Kozyatagi Hospital Nursing Department since 2004. Ilknur is a very good role model for nurses. She is very skillful nurse. She has coordinated operating room and central sterilisation units in 17 hospitals belonging to a private medical group. She has a special auditor training certificate. She has reorganised approximately 370 operating room nurses’ training and competency. Furthermore, she can establish the climate for effective communication both for patients and her colleagues. She wrote many articles aand organised certificated courses. She has many awards in the field of surgical nursing in Turkey. Ilknur is a passionate and supportive role model within our work environment. She is constantly promoting and encouraging best practice amongst all her colleagues. She has been a great support to myself in assisting me to be the best perioperative nurse I can be, while supporting my ideas and progress in my career.
Cristina Soldi
322
votes

Cristina Soldi

Motivata a cercare, trovare e mettere in atto soluzioni per migliorare l'aspetto organizzativo della sala operatoria sia per quanto riguarda la formazione del personale che per la gestione delle risorse. Sono spesso fonte di ispirazione per il resto del personale poiché da un anno ho l'incarico di gestirlo e quindi anche di motivarlo. Sono apprezzata per le continue idee innovative sia dagli infermieri che dai chirurghi. Sto progettando un corso interno per imparare a gestire le emergenze. Propongo di partecipare a convegni formativi anche in missione esterna.
Brigitte Ludwig
179
votes

Brigitte Ludwig

Brigitte is a great OR Nurse Director of the OR Nurse School for Colmar (France), and President of the French OR Nurse association. Thanks to her investment and her great energy, she contributes greatly to promoting the OR nursing role in France.
Coloma Juan
404
votes

Coloma Juan

Es una magnifica profesional que sabe conjugar perfectamente la profesionalidad con la humanidad. Domina a la perfeccion los roles desempeñados en un quirofano capaz de suplir , organizar y humanizar un duro trabajo.
Irina  Lampinen
1910
votes

Irina Lampinen

Irina Lampinen RN, BsC, has worked in Tartu University Hospital as a Scrub Nurse since 1999. She is a member of the Estonian Operating Room Nurses Association and is a former member of the EORNA board. Irina's favourite surgical area is Trauma and she is taking AO courses in different countries. A few years ago she carried out an inside hospital study on double gloving. She is continuously educating herself and others.
Liz Waters
1359
votes

Liz Waters

Liz is a leader of perioperative nursing in Ireland. She has in-depth knowledge of operating department nursing and effective management. She also cares for an Endoscopy unit and Sterile services. She has worked tirelessly with the national Operating department association and with the European Operating Room Nurses Association. She constantly seeks to promote quality and safety in the OR for patients and staff. She continuously seeks to increase her level of self education. She both supports and delivers at educational events. She promotes the perioperative nurse at all opportunities and is a very present role model and inspiration for her own staff but also on the national and international perioperative nurse scene. She strives to uphold the best quality of care for patients in a challenging and demanding environment. She is an informed, dedicated, caring and compassionate perioperative Nurse. Liz without doubt goes over and above the call of duty on a regular basis. Liz is a totally dedicated perioperative nurse, who not only works full time in a very demanding role in theatres, combining both her clinical and managerial skills, and juggling family life, but also has spent many years working hard on behalf of Irish perioperative nurses with the INMO, and also with EORNA (both voluntary duties). Despite the pressures on her, Liz always manages to be supportive of both colleagues and patients, and is a true advocate. She always strives for the best standards for all.
Mirella Lepore
360
votes

Mirella Lepore

She's a role model, an inspiration for nurses... I think that she's the best nurse that I know, for her professionality and for her work. She teaches me more but most of all she loves her job… and she's a great leader!
Geneviève Wetz
169
votes

Geneviève Wetz

Completely engaged in her job for the patient's security and for quality. She is a positive leader for her staff and has a positive attitude and collaboration with the medical staff without fear of the "doctors".
Lorena Candotto Mis
248
votes

Lorena Candotto Mis

Lorena, oltre ad essere una bravissima professionista è una persona che da sempre promuove il miglioramento della qualità e sicurezza delle attività che svolge e dirige in sala operatoria. Dall'anno 2014 a tutto oggi è impegnata nella applicazione del protocollo Behavior Based Safety nelle attivtà di sala operatoria coinvolgendo tutti i professionisti presenti nell'area operativa. I valori riscontrati di miglioramento dei comportamenti sono saliti dall'89% (già un buon risultato) in alcuni casi al 100% i valori di sicurezza valutati vanno da quelli per la sicurezza del paziente a quelli per la sicurezza dell'operatore.
Maria Grazia Gallotti
455
votes

Maria Grazia Gallotti

Maria Grazia è un'infermiera che esercita la professione in S.O. dove applica tutte le competenze acquisite e ne sviluppa delle nuove, la capacitá relazionale, di stare accanto agli assistiti in modo esemplare. L'expertise acquisito le permette di offrire consulenza all'interno di un contesto con elevate complessità, dove la tecnologia evolve rapidamente, ci sono continui cambiamenti organizzativi e vi é la necessità di ottimizzare le risorse. Offre prestazioni di alta qualità sia come inf. strumentista che come inf. di anestesia e Recovery Room in varie specialità chirurgiche. É responsabile del processo di sterilizzazione. La sola formazione sul campo non basta e così sta conseguendo la specializzazione con il Master di I Livello Per Infermiere di Sala Operatoria presso l'Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, percorso formativo, teorico e pratico. Per noi colleghi è un esempio e uno stimolo per conseguire insieme risultati sanitari positivi.
Fernando  Rodrigues
183
votes

Fernando Rodrigues

Fernando is one of the most talented, dedicated and brilliant nurse professionals in the O.R.
Rainer Wichmann
194
votes

Rainer Wichmann

Rainer Wichmann, RN, completed his nursing training in 1985 at the Elisabeth Hospital in Essen, Germany in the central operation department. Early in his career, he worked in surgery, where he gained a broad expertise in acute medicine. During this time, Rainer was devoted to advancing knowledge in this area and served as a role model for his staff. His appearances as speaker in national congresses have secured him a position of leadership and respect in his field. Rainer has made a very significant contribution to the development of the role and education of O.R. nurses in Germany.
Francesco Marciano
488
votes

Francesco Marciano

Lavoro nel blocco operatorio dell’Azienda Ospedaliera S.Anna di Como. Il mio ruolo è di nurse di anestesia: accolgo e preparo l’operato, sistemo la sala operatoria con tutti i presidi necessari, preparo i farmaci e il materiale per l’anestesia. Collaboro con l’anestesista e il chirurgo in tutte le fasi dell’intervento. Ho maturato una buona esperienza in interventi di: ortopedia/traumatologia, neurochirurgia, interventi di chirurgia generale, vascolare, e specialmente sul politrauma. Lavoro in sala parto collaborando con ostetriche e ginecologi per: tagli cesari, revisioni di cavità uterina e cerchiaggio cervicale uterino. Assisto l’operato nel post-operatorio: monitorare i parametri vitali, valutazione del dolore e gestione della terapia antalgica prescritta dall’anestesista, ecc. L’infermiere è un punto fermo per l’operato ed un valido collaboratore per chirurghi e anestesisti. Perché in sala operatoria è importate lavorare in "equipe".
Christophe Bossu
155
votes

Christophe Bossu

Christophe is an operating room nurse who is creative and inventive. He is always attentive to the needs of the patient and the multidisciplinary team and colleagues. He knows how to teach and transmit knowledge at the forefront of technology and is vital for the nurses in training. He is a real support for me in management. Thank you, Christophe!
Herdís Alfredsdòttir
264
votes

Herdís Alfredsdòttir

A leading nurse in the O.R., she is also a great teacher. She has the passion to listen to her college and her students. She stands up for them as well when it is needed and guides them.
Olivier Willième
444
votes

Olivier Willième

Olivier has long worked to defend the perioperative nurse. He is very implicated in professional associations (AFISO, EORNA). He knows a lot about the guidelines to work correctly in the perioperative field. He has a lot of contacts all over the world inside the field. It is very important for the promotion of the Belgian perioperative nurses. He doesn't count his time for the profession. So it would be a good thing to recognise his great job for perioperative nurses !!
Myriam Pietroons
330
votes

Myriam Pietroons

Myriam is an OR nurse since more then 25 years. Working in cardiac surgery first as Head Nurse, she has gained strong experience as O.R. manager. She is currently President of AFISO and Vice-President of UGIB (Belgian national nurses association). Her investment at political, educational and managerial level is very effective and she has a high vision of our O.R. nursing job. She deals every day with colleagues, partners, physicians, companies and politicians to improve recognition for nursing, approaches to patient safety and quality of life for O.R. nurses.
Luisa Scarpone
295
votes

Luisa Scarpone

Elle est une excellente instrumentiste en chirurgie abdominale, elle a un esprit ouvert mais critique et veille à corriger les mauvaises pratiques et informer les infirmières circulantes sur l'intervention en cours. Elle est aussi monitrice pour les stagières infirmières qu'elle forme avec beaucoup de rigueur tant dans leurs savoir être, savoir faire et leurs connaissances du bloc opératoires, ses règles, les drogues utilisées, l'aseptie.... Elle s'informe régulièrement en se rendant à des symposium, cours et congrès de l'AFISO. En plus de tout cela, elle est discrète, efficace et présente un article lors du Congrès EORNA cette année.
Ilaria Grosso
301
votes

Ilaria Grosso

I am the Professor of Surgery directing the minimally invasive surgery department of the University of Insubria in Varese, Italy. I have been working in Varese for many years and I travel worldwide to perform live surgeries in many parts of the globe. I have to say that I never found another scrub nurse like Ilaria. She is extremely professional, she knows every surgical procedure better than most of the surgeons and she can predict your needs without you have to ask. All the foreign surgeons that had the chance to work in or visit my OR have always been impressed by Ilaria, often asking to take her back with them. Finally, Ilaria is a great "teacher" for young nurses wishing to start this difficult job, and she is always available in case of difficult situations!
Ana Cristina Gomes
279
votes

Ana Cristina Gomes

Cristina is a hero because she is extremely professional as well as affable, kind, gentle and friendly. She does not look our for herself; she is always standing by what is good for everyone: for the team, colleagues, patients and other services. She is daring and wants to know more. Cristina transmits information as well as possible. She is consistent, efficient and effective in everything she does and conveys confidence in the operating room. Everyone wants to be with her. Everyone wants to be like her.
Sandro Filardi
198
votes

Sandro Filardi

I work in an operating room of a hospital in Rome. My work takes place in particular for orthopedic surgery. I organize all the work of the session, identify orthopedic materials and tools, plan interventions together with orthopedic surgeon, order the materials, organize the operating room and work for the introduction of new hires. The work also takes place outside the operating room: encountering patients waiting to be operated on, getting to know their fears and their expectations.
Celso Pires Ribeiro
258
votes

Celso Pires Ribeiro

I am nominating Celso for his professionalism and positivity dealing with all sorts of situations and patients! To me, he is a great nurse, devoted, sweet, applied and deserves more than anyone. The best nurse I've ever met...
Enrique Cosme Pereira
12620
votes

Enrique Cosme Pereira

He has the skills, expertise and experience to perform this job with excellence, shows interest for everything related to his work, and perfectly fits in the team. He's also the first certified registered nurse in ophthalmology by the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses in Spain. Enrique not only does an excellent job as the responsible for OR support and management including supplies and manteinance, he's also an expert in Ophthalmic sterilisation and disinfection techniques, and the very best scrub nurse as well. He also has excellent communication skills. He's been the Vice-president of the Spanish Ophthalmic Nursing Association (SEEOF) and its Journal's Director for years. In addition, he's extremely organized, reliable and computer-literate. He's recently coordinated an ophthalmic Nursing textbook, being the author of some of its chapters. Enrique's performance and attitude have not only met the average standards, he's always vastly exceeded even my expectations.
Martine  bourgoing
406
votes

Martine bourgoing

I want to nominate her because she is dedicated without any limit to her patients and to the atopy school. She gives her time with pleasure and efficacy and also always with a smile and with kindness.
Anneleen Matheussen
298
votes

Anneleen Matheussen

Anneleen, je bent jong, mooi en lief. De patient is bij jou in goede handen. Elke arts heeft je graag in de zaal. Geen extra werk is teveel. Je bent he bewijs dat Generatie X de toekomst is. Liefs Sas Je hoofdverpleegkundige.
Monique Van Hiel
178
votes

Monique Van Hiel

Monique has been a dedicated OR nurse for over 40 years, 35 of which were spent as a Head Nurse. She was also the president of the VVOV (Flemish organisation of OR-nurses for many years and one of the founders 32 yeras ago. Thanks to her our organisation is one of the biggest professional nurses organisations in Belgium! Therefore she is our HERO!
Inge Mertens
374
votes

Inge Mertens

She is my daughter, and I'm happy she is following in my footsteps by choosing OR nursing as an example. In my opinion, she belongs in the OR and she's doing better than her mommy.
Michele Graziano
204
votes

Michele Graziano

Michele ricopre il ruolo di strumentista presso la sala operatoria di chirurgia d'urgenza. Le sue abilità in campo mi hanno dimostato più volte come sia fondamentale all'interno dell'equipe chirurgica il ruolo di uno strumentista esperto e capace di elaborare un pensiero creativo atto alla risoluzione dei numerosi problemi che possono presentarsi. La cosa che più mi ha colpito di lui, però, è stato l'amore che mette a istruire i numerosi studenti in infermieristica che frequentano la sala operatoria: il suo rigore che lo contraddistingue e la precisione nel rivelare che il segreto sta nell'amore verso la vita umana. Non bisogna infatti dimenticare che l'infermiere è colui che si prende carico delle sofferenze delle persone e per fare ciò è necessaria una devozione totale e una dura preparazione perchè non si ha a che fare, come dice Florence Nightingale, con una tela o un gelido marmo ma con il corpo umano, il tempio dello spirito di Dio.
Eileen  Foley
873
votes

Eileen Foley

Eileen embodies everything I aspire to as a Theatre Nurse and as a human being. The patient is her prime focus and as our theatre manager she informs and assists us in delivering the best care possible. Our patients include Special Needs adults and children which presents its challenges. Eileen assists us in the delivery of care from pre admission assessment,safe delivery of care to discharge from our day unit. Eileen has serious personal challenges to deal with but I have never seen her let these affect her work and her dealings with her staff or her patients. She gives her full attention to everyone. The atmosphere in our unit is efficient, professional, supportive in any challenges, facilitation of education and supremely caring. I have worked in Theatres since 1981 and this is the only one I consistently look forward to going into and being part of-- a terrific team delivering excellent care thanks to our mentor, advisor and compassionate Eileen.
Sanne De Wever
251
votes

Sanne De Wever

Sanne is a truly inspiring colleague at Sint Lucas hospital. She works hard hours and always delivers 200% of herself. Although she's still quite young, she knows exactly how to comfort the patients and show a lot of empathy inside and outside the OR.
Konstantinos Tsaggarides
686
votes

Konstantinos Tsaggarides

I would like to nominate Konstantinos as Ansell HERO. He has been working for 16 years as a registered nurse in the Operating Theatre of Larnaca General Hospital in Cyprus. He is trustworthy, fair to his colleagues and partners and always kind with everyone he comes in touch with. He is always willing to help everyone in need and always with a smile and sense of humour tries to reduce patients' stress. For his colleagues he is always a valuable source of help. He co-operates effectively with his superiors and all the members of the surgical team and he is highly interested about new advances in surgical techniques and surgical technology. As an active member of Cyprus Operating Room Nurses Association (CORNA), he participates actively in congresses and seminars, making presentations about various subjects. Constantinos is a great loving and sincere personality. He always cares for the patients and his colleages. He never complains even when he works long hours and is short staffed. He is part of a team making protocols for the OR. These have improved patient safety and surgical staff safety in the OR. He specifically has taught us and is continually reminding us of the correct position of patients on the operating table. He has implemented a fire prevention protocol in the OR, including evacuation plans. This perioperative team felt much safer as a result. For the reasons above I feel he deserves the award.
Kristel Laes
310
votes

Kristel Laes

Kristel is working now for 10 years. She is well experienced in traumatologic surgery and and expert in thoracic surgery as scrub and circulating nurse. She is also an expert in the organ donation programme. She is a mentor for students and new O.R. nurses. She organises all the procedures for all of the different types of operations. She's an expert in MIE in prone positions. Yesterday she won the Belgian Surgical Week award for her presentation.
Anika Steffens
417
votes

Anika Steffens

Anika ist eine ungewöhnliche Operations-Schwester. Sie ist zwar noch recht jung, aber bereits so erfahren, dass sie sich in jede Operation und in jeder Fachabteilung (HNO, Allgemeinchirurgie, Thoraxchirurgie, Unfallchirurgie, Orthopädie und Gynäkologie) ohne Vorbereitung einwaschen kann und die Assistenz übernehmen kann. Sie ist dabei immer - Tag und Nacht - so gut gelaunt, dass wir anderen uns schon wundern, welche Hormone bei Ihr im Überschuss vorhanden sind. Sie ist dem Chirurgen eine echte Hilfe, nicht nur weil sie ihren Job extrem professionell macht, sondern auch, weil sie in der Lage ist, besonders in schwierigen Situationen fokussiert zu bleiben und auch mal den entscheidenden Tipp gibt, ohne jemals überheblich zu werden. Auch ist sie für die Ausbildung der jungen OP-Schwestern und der Operationstechnischen Assistenten zuständig und dabei eine immer gut gelaunte und kompetente Tutorin.
Riikka Vanhanen
255
votes

Riikka Vanhanen

Riikka is an exellent and highly experienced OR nurse in cardiac surgery, robotics and transplantation included. And she has extraordinary skills and patience for training younger colleagues :-).
Guido Rusco
361
votes

Guido Rusco

Esperienza lavorativa in sala operatoria dal 1985. Frequentazione di corsi di aggiornamento. Responsabile scientifico ed organizzatore di corsi di aggiornamento sui P.D.T. Peri operatori. Attività libero professionale "Free lance" dal 2004 come strumentista di sala operatoria.
Cristina Bosisio
273
votes

Cristina Bosisio

Diplomata nel 1986, ho lavorato dall'86 al 1990 in medicina, dal 1990 al 1991 nel reparto di emodialisi presso ospedale di Lecco, dal 1991 al 2003 ho continuato la mia esperienza presso il CAL emodialisi di Oggiono. Dal 2004 ad oggi presto servizio nel blocco operatorio dell'ospedale A. Manzoni di Lecco, dove lavoro come strumentista in chirurgia generale, vascolare , pediatrica, toracica, dermatologica, ch plastica, ch ginecologica, e ch robotica.
Vincenza Di Giovanni
320
votes

Vincenza Di Giovanni

Lavoro in sala operatoria dal 1998. Ho acquisito competenze avanzate tecnico professionali (passando dalla cardiochirurgia fino ad arrivare ad un complesso polichirurgico con diverse branche) continuando ad aggiornarmi ponendo attenzione soprattutto alla responsabilita' professionale (ho conseguito il master in infermieristica legale forense e in coordinamento) e facendo tutoraggio ai neo assunti. Dalla sala operatoria ho ricevuto grandi soddisfazioni, non senza averne subito pero' lo stress (preparare un tavolo operatorio in pochi minuti per un emergenza ne puo' essere un esempio) e una crescita professionale non indifferente. Essa ha forgiato anche il mio carattere donandomi il dominio delle mie emozioni, autocontrollo e pazienza (le forbici passate al chirurgo per lui non sono mai abbastanza taglienti e la scialitica non e' mai ben messa a fuoco!) ma anche la consapevolezza che alla luce delle nuove frontiere chirurgiche (es ch robotica) se non ci si aggiorna continuamente non si cresce.
Mateja Stare
21592
votes

Mateja Stare

Mateja Stare has everything of a nurse hero. Mateja is an active member of the international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Every year during two or three months of her own time she works on missions where she devotes herself to selflessly helping people. Mateja Stare with her inspiration and desire to help others in the world's poorest countries helped many patients to recovery and achieving a better quality of life. She is a fighter who sees her mission in aid to many within the MSF organisation. She goes above and beyond and in her job, is an inspiration to the rest of staff, the key to making things happen and a demanding environment, a role model for the nurses and training, admired and appreciated for the excellence she delivers, is continuously educating herself and others and is an excellent teacher and lecturer.
Ainhoa Gaztelu-Iturri
316
votes

Ainhoa Gaztelu-Iturri

Ainhoa deserves recognition for her commitment, discipline, enthusiasm, creativity, generosity and her capacity for work regarding the development of her colleagues' profession. She is one of the nurses who came up with the idea of creating "Kirozainbide", collaborating on its development for many years. She devotes a lot of her free time for the development of this project. She is currently in charge of training nursing students and newly incorporated perioperative nurses and is committed to teaching nursing students and the new nurses in the surgical area. She is also committed to improving the quality of nursing care in the surgical area. And she is willing to collaborate on the new projects of the organisation giving support to the superior and other members of the team. She is a hard working perioperative nurse. She is very passionate. She is always willing to help her colleagues. And, apart from her hard work, she is a sincere and loyal person. For all those reasons, I think she should be recognised.
Sandra Slabe
424
votes

Sandra Slabe

Sandra is a role model for the nurses in training is continuously educating herself and others to go above and beyond in their job...
Susana Francisco
252
votes

Susana Francisco

This person is my model as a Neurosurgery Scrub Nurse. I learned everything and the best of everything with her. She is a dedicated nurse, mom and wife and she does the best for those in her life. As a nurse, her skills are perfect and her knowledge is vast. I'm sure this knowledge will continue growing every day. She helped me to grow as a nurse and as a person and I will remember her words forever. I wish so many times that she were here to continue to teach me how to be the best -- how to be perfect. Without Susana I would never have the career opportunity that I have now. Yes, she is an inspiration for me and, I believe, for many more people that have the pleasure to work with her.
Sandra Loots
300
votes

Sandra Loots

Good knowledge of peri-operative care and protocols. Always questioning her skills and willing to learn. Always in a good mood and up for a practical joke. Just knowing she'll be my colleague for the day makes me smile.
Anne Marneffe
427
votes

Anne Marneffe

Anne exerce son métier avec passion depuis plus de 20 ans. Plus d'une fois, elle a été présente lors d'une opération importante ou non concernant des personnes de ma famille. Pour moi, c'est quelqu'un de confiance tant pour l'équipe avec laquelle elle travaille que pour les patients opérés. Elle mérite d'être reconnue et félicitée pour son travail.
Umberto Casiraghi
920
votes

Umberto Casiraghi

He's able to deliver exceptional results working in a team, being an inspiration for the rest of the staff. He is continuosly educating himself and others. Founder of the Perioperative Italian society (POIS). Nurses' coordinator in the ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery) project.
Matty  Haalboom
267
votes

Matty Haalboom

Matty is the mother of the "orthobabes". She is an inspiration for the orthopaedic surgeons as well for us, her collegues. She knows every thing about orthopaedics. And she is smiling for almost the whole day. We love her all.
Julie Quick
550
votes

Julie Quick

Julie has contributed to the national development of policy and guidelines regarding the role of the Surgical First Assistant and the Surgical Care Practitioner. This has assisted in the guidance of nurses across the U.K. in being able to deliver safe patient care. She works over and above her role as an operating room nurse. She is highly valued by her colleagues and all nurses she supports locally and nationally. She will be a very worthy recipient of this award.
Caroline  Higgins
426
votes

Caroline Higgins

Caroline has been a nursing leader for as long as 20 years. She has always put the patient first and centre in her actions and was always a renowned clinical facilitator and manager. She is also very innovative and inspirational as she has such great ideas which can be implemented simply and quickly. She has been nominated for awards in Ireland and has also received best speaker awards at perioperative congresses internationally. Nurses are always inspired when they listen to her and this is vitally important for the future of patient care. She has worked tirelessly for the last 6 years as EORNA president and brought the organisation to a wider audience. Her vision has made EORNA what it is today. Caroline has been an inspirational leader for Irish and European perioperative nursing. She has developed and led EORNA to be a leader in perioperative nursing. She has always had the patient at the centre of her work in EORNA and indeed her whole working life.
Sandra Morton
1376
votes

Sandra Morton

Sandra just makes things happen. Now. And amazing positivity. She never seems to give up on us, always striving for whatever is best for OR nurses , therefore best for our patients. She is continuously educating herself and encouraging others, nurses and others, to educate themselves. She is an ideal role model. Committed and dedicated to perioperative nursing. Well educated and into continuous learning. She does over and above her role. She is an educator, clinician, patient and staff advocate. Excellent knowledge and practical ability. Continuously insists on quality care, safety and high standards. Superb perioperative nurse. She is an inspiration to perioperative nurses in Ireland and Europe, she is a role model for juniors and international colleagues. She is held in high esteem by colleagues, country association and EORNA Board for all her work and commitment. Sandra has worked in various hospitals throughout her career to date, and has brought her considerable knowledge and expertise to every one. She is exceptionally knowledgeable, maintains her knowledge, shares it and gives of herself in every situation to the benefit of patients, staff and the organisation. She is not afraid to stand up for what is right. She also works on behalf of Irish Perioperative nurses within the INMO (past chairperson) and is currently heavily involved in EORNA (both positions are voluntary). Patients and colleagues alike benefit from her dedication.
Riccardo Cusmà Piccione
443
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Riccardo Cusmà Piccione

Da 23 anni infermiere all'interno di un ambito specialistico perioperatorio-perianestesiologico. Il desiderio di crescita alimenta l'impegno ogni giorno ad acquisire competenze per governare al meglio le prestazioni infermieristiche in un quadro di complessità organizzativa,tecnologica,assistenziale elevata. Per allocare le risorse umane e gestire il personale, gli infermieri di Sala Operatoria Italiani non hanno un ruolo dedicato. E' richiesta l'integrazione tra più ruoli, la rotazione su differenti discipline e specialità chirurgiche, competenze tra infermieri di anestesia, quelli di recovery room, infermieri strumentisti e infermieri di sterilizzazione. Per tale motivo ha intrapreso un percorso formativo post-base, un master in “Infermiere di Sala Operatoria”, diretto da prof. Carcano e prof.ssa Reato che, parallelo alla formazione sul campo, ha permesso di acquisire competenze avanzate per migliorare l'assistenza infermieristica perioperatoria e perianestesiologica agli assistiti tutti i giorni.
Federico Vidimari
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Federico Vidimari

Federico is an important nurse in thoracic surgery and he is a support for a coordinator nurse. He has many competencies in technology and for building a team.

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