Nottingham’s Nurse of the Year, Luisa Avanzado, enjoyed a day to remember at NET’s Wilkinson Street depot when she witnessed her name being unveiled on the side of a tram.
She was joined by family, friends and colleagues for a special ceremony today (Wednesday, June 27) that saw tram 220 renamed in her honour.
Every year, the tram carries the name of the overall winner of the popular Nurse and Midwife of the Year Awards, run by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) along with the Nottingham Post and NET.
Thousands of members of the public cast a vote in an online poll, and Luisa scooped the top honour when the winners were announced last month. A staff nurse on the Berman 2 Ward at City Hospital, she follows in the footsteps of the previous winner, student nurse Christina O’Loughlin.
Adrian Wallace, Chief Executive of NET concessionaire Tramlink Nottingham, explained: “We’re proud to carry the name of a local nurse on the side of one of our trams as it’s a constant reminder of commitment, compassion and dedication that’s typical of the entire profession.
“The competition itself has also strengthened the close links between the city’s tramway and local hospitals. In fact, the dedicated QMC stop is one of the busiest on the network, with thousands of people every day relying on the tram to get to work on the wards, make an outpatient’s appointment or to visit a loved one.”
Having devoted more than a decade of her life to caring for patients with unique and complex needs, Luisa Avanzado also scooped the International Nurse of the Year title at the awards, and Mandie Sunderland, Chief Nurse at NUH, said she demonstrates all the qualities patients have come to expect from the city’s nurses.
Mandie said: “These awards demonstrate just how many truly exceptional and talented staff we have working across our hospitals and in the community who continually go the extra mile to provide the very best quality care to our patients and their families.
“Many congratulations to Luisa, our International Nurse of the Year winner and overall winner for 2018. Having Luisa’s name on a tram for the year puts nursing and our hospitals right into the heart of the local community in Nottingham, where we have an important role to play.
“The relationship between NUH, NET and the Nottingham Post is unique in my experience, and one that enables these fantastic awards which recognise the outstanding contributions of our nurses and midwives, to be possible.”